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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 powerful writing

The principles of powerful writing form four distinct phases. Each phase has its own added value in the overall writing process. Take a closer look at the four phases of the reflective cycle of powerful writing.

1. Inventory 

Powerful writing first necessitates a brainstorming session with yourself. You write down everything that comes to mind and that you have collected in the preparatory research: ideas, quotes, statements and so forth.

2. Structure

Powerful writing requires that you read and judge what you have written. Which arguments are good, and which ones are not so good? What is missing? What structure had your argument better adopt?

3. Formulation

Powerful writing means focusing on writing once more. But writing now becomes, for the most part, rewriting. You have a clearer idea of your argument and the contributory parts.

4. Editing

You have now got a more or less structured argument, and the first attempt to put it into reasonable written language. You can start rewriting the text itself in this phase. You must be able to read the text as if it were written by someone else. You check the text in terms of at least three aspects: (a) logic, (b) readability and spelling and (c) layout.

Skill Sheets writing

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

This table tells you which Skill Sheet to go to for a specific area.

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'