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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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Principles of study

The principles of lifelong learning form five distinct phases. Each phase has its own added value in the overall study process. Take a closer look at the different principles of lifelong learning.

1. Assume responsibility for your own learning

Awareness of learning gaps is only relevant if you assume responsibility for your own learning and are able to work on them systematically in a more or less ‘professional’ style. You need to understand your motivation, have an active attitude, be aware of automatisms, know and handle the challenges of multi-tasking and an environment with an abundance of information, and write your own learning reports.

2. Be active and intrapreneurial

The university creates all sorts of opportunities, provided you make an active effort. See it not only as a project for which you need a number of managerial (professional) skills, but also as one that requires a stimulating portfolio of intra-curricular activities to keep you motivated. Because you operate inside an organisation, the choice you make is an ‘intrapreneurial’ skill.

3. Dare to put yourself in the discomfort zone 

The only way to go through the learning cycle is by making yourself acutely aware of your incompetencies. The angle of your learning paths is strongly influenced by your ability and willingness to actively bring yourself into this ‘discomfort zone’. Take risks and learn from mistakes made and the feedback received.

4. Create your own learning environment

Creating an own learning environment does not only make you less dependent on the quality of the institution at which you work or study, but it also boosts your learning cycle – even when the project you engage in, fails. Two activities in particular are relevant: create small study groups and engage in extracurricular activities.

5. Generate as much feedback as possible

It is impossible to learn without feedback. You have to learn how to give yourself feedback, what attitude you can best adopt when receiving feedback, and how you can best generate feedback from teachers, tutors and your own peers.

Skill Sheets Study and Self-management

The Skill Sheets on Study and Self-management address real-life, practical questions and problems that you may face in your academic/business career. Each Skill Sheet provides you with advice and guidance on a specific area, and gives you tips to improve your writing skills.

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'