BUSINESS GRADUATE COMPETENCY GAPS: A MANDATE FOR CURRICULAR REFORM

Emmanuel Onifade, Morehouse College Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Bonnie P. Stivers, Marist College Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.A.

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STRATEGY
Volume 18, Issue 2, p39-52, October 2018

ABSTRACT

This article reports on a study that was performed to determine the most important skills that new hires should possess upon graduating with a business degree to insure success in the marketplace. In addition to surveying employers to identify essential competencies, the study surveyed new business graduates to identify competency gaps. These study results confirm prior results of Onifade and Stivers (2014): “Statistically significant competency gaps were identified in the competency groups of personal skills, communication, critical thinking, and computer skills.” Except for computer skills, these competencies may be classified as “soft skills.” The results of this study should be helpful to academics in developing curricula to meet the needs of the marketplace in the 21st century.

Keywords

business competencies; knowledge, skills, and abilities for business; soft skills for business, technical skills for business.


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