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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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Study- and self-management


Self-management and study skills are the most individual skills to develop. It is your responsibility to develop them, which does not mean that you should forgo the support of tutors or peers. The most important yardstick for measuring your performance in study skills and self-management is their effect on the other skills in the Skill Circle. It takes considerable time and critical self-diagnosis to develop study and self-management skills. They are a mixture of input and output categories.

Your aims and priorities change over time, as you reach higher levels of understanding and skill proficiency. The challenge of lifelong (self-managed) learning is to continuously trigger cycles of so-called generative or ‘double-looped’ learning. This requires that you be prepared to go through the reflective cycle of lifelong learning, and that you always take into account five basic principles that apply when you want to make your study part of a continuous learning cycle.

  1. Assume responsibility for your own learning.
  2. Be active and intrapreneurial.
  3. Dare to put yourself in the discomfort zone.
  4. Create your own learning environment – participate in extracurricular activities.
  5. Generate as much relevant feedback as possible: get a coach or tutor.

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'