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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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Skill Sheets - An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management

The Skill Sheets website is complementary to the book called “Skill Sheets – An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management”. On this website you will find additional content, skills benchmarks, self-assessment questionnaires, exercises, and links to interesting TED Talks.

To understand the relevance of Skills in the 21st century, take a look at "The Challenges".


How to set up and structure good research. This skill covers the criteria, research aims, and research steps.

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Study and Self-management 

This skill supports students in making a study plan, and diagnosing their strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their own performance, including the development of an individual learning contract to set goals and measure progress.

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How to scan a book, how to deal with online databases. This skill also helps to develop argumentation skills and to identify misleading argumentation.

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How to manage the information presented during lectures, how to prepare a good interview and how to process the captured information.

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This skill covers everything from correct referencing, making a good bibliography, and layout to spelling errors.

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This skill deals with how to prepare a presentation, setting clear goals, defining the aim of presentation, understanding your audience, making slides and how to design a presentation.

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Team and Project management

This skill deals with group meetings, group assignments, feedback and peer-teaching.

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'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'