Title

A Survey of Critical Knowledge and Skills of Business School Graduates: Employer Perspectives

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2012

Publication Source

The Journal of International Management Studies (JIMS)

Volume

7

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

1-6

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

A survey was conducted to gauge the opinions of major corporations in one of the industrial regions in the Midwestern part of USA regarding needed skills and knowledge of undergraduate business students. A sample of 50 top employers in the region participated in a comprehensive survey conducted in 2011. Employers identified crucial topics in all the functional areas of business education. Among them are working in teams, project management, cash flow analysis, financial risk analysis, cost benefit analysis, and proficiency in using popular tools such as Word, and Excel, were rated the highest. Suggestions were also made regarding curricular changes.

Keywords

business curriculum, skills and knowledge, employer perspective, business education

Disciplines

Accounting | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Finance and Financial Management | Human Resources Management | Management Information Systems | Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods | Marketing

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