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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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Good research


In principle, there is no wrong or right research. Likewise, there are no wrong or right theories, nor wrong or right methods. There is only good, mediocre or bad research. Good research selects the most appropriate theories and methods for the problem at hand. It links methods to theory, and problem definition to problem. Bad research claims more than can be done on the basis of the used methods, or chooses overly quantitative methods for a primarily qualitative problem. As a researcher, you should always take the following eight basic rules of good research into account.

  1. Dare to build upon research of others
  2. Dare to make motivated choices
  3. Always define the most important concepts
  4. Explain flaws in the research yourself
  5. Make a clear distinction between analytical and normative judgment
  6. Strive for the highest possible integrity
  7. Be critical
  8. Good research is disciplined and realistic

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'