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The Book

Skill Sheets is a practical resource for understanding and developing core skills that all university students need to obtain. In a very concise manner, this book shows how these skills are related and how one can develop and work with many skills simultaneously. With these skills to hand, students are able to maintain a better focus on the content of their course. Developed and at RSM Erasmus University, it has been thoroughly tested over many years by both students and professors, and improved accordingly.


Rob van Tulder, Professor of International Business-Society Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Published in particular on the following topics: European Business, Multinationals, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, the global car industry, issues of standardisation, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies.

How to purchase

The book – Skill Sheets – An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management - (2018, ISBN 9789043033503) can be ordered directly online by clicking one of the following links depending your country of origin:

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Team and project management skill levels

In the introduction to every series of Skill Sheets four levels of skill proficiency are specified:

  • Level 1: Entry level Bachelors
  • Level 2: Exit level Bachelors
  • Level 3: Exit level Masters
  • Level 4: Postgraduate level

You should develop your research skills in every phase of your academic career (and thereafter!). The levels of skills proficiency below provide an indication of the skill proficiency you should minimally aim for.

Level 1

  • Ability to perform relatively simple organisational assignments
  • Supervision, assignment
  • Input and simple tasks-oriented
  • Understand the basic characteristics of free-rider behaviour and group dynamics
  • Giving feedback
  • Ability to effectively make use of a tutor

Level 2

  • Ability to apply the principles of project management and perform more complex assignments with less detailed briefs
  • Formation of group externally induced
  • Understand the basics of effective brainstorming and meetings
  • Identify free-riders behaviour in others and yourself
  • Basic knowledge of meeting and decision-making techniques
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Ability to effectively coach each other

Level 3

  • Ability to conduct sophisticated research projects
  • Self-management, marginal supervision
  • Output-oriented
  • Formation of group internally induced (on the basis of joint interests)
  • Understand that free-rider behaviour takes different forms throughout the various project stages; take effective action
  • Understanding decision-making techniques and how to effectively organise meetings
  • Organising feedback
  • Ability to effectively make use of a supervisor

Level 4

  • Ability to organise and delegate sophisticated projects
  • Joint responsibility and team management
  • Impact-oriented
  • Timely forming and adjourning of project teams (basic principle of effective network management)
  • Preventing of free-rider behaviour
  • Ability to effectively make use of a coach
  • Organising constructive and continuous two-way feedback
  • Mastering decision-making techniques

It is now time to test yourself!

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'