ERIC Number: EJ1164792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Designing Management Curriculum for Workplace Readiness: Developing Students' Soft Skills
Ritter, Barbara A.; Small, Erika E.; Mortimer, John W.; Doll, Jessica L.
Journal of Management Education, v42 n1 p80-103 Feb 2018
The increased complexity of today's work environment has made the need for soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and problem solving, more salient than ever. Employers hire for these skills because it is increasingly the human resources that give organizations a competitive advantage. Therefore, academia must respond to these external stakeholder needs by reexamining curriculum in light of how degree programs, particularly in management, are preparing students for the demands of the workplace. We describe a curriculum redesign that used a backward design process to focus on developing the soft skills that employers need, focusing in particular on developing teamwork-related skill sets.
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Career Readiness, Job Skills, Skill Development, Job Training, Teamwork, Experiential Learning, College Students, Education Work Relationship, Introductory Courses, Administrator Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Achievement Tests, Business Administration Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Scores, Internship Programs, Student Surveys, Student Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Major Field Achievement Test in Business
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