Personal competencies, organizational competencies, and employability

Franco Civelli (President, Emme Delta Consulting srl, Largo Aldo Moro, 1‐G1100, Modena, Italy)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Publication date: 1 April 1998


In recent years, it has become more and more important to recognize people’s characteristics which are no longer “immutable”. Hence the path followed with competences, the approach in the organizational world called “the competence based approach”. “Employability” highlights a critical point emerging right at the time when the deterministic and mechanistic approach, typical of the traditional job market’s “demand‐offer” relationship must give way to better differentiated approaches, in which symbolic, cultural, social and value variables are becoming fundamental. The issue of competences, which, with different approaches, has emerged in the organizational world, can be easily related to the problem of employability. It is becoming more and more urgent to be able to identify the ownership of specific competences and their implementation, at a given time. New professionalism makes it necessary for people and organizations to understand what kind of “behavioural language” will have an effective impact on fast changing situations and scenarios.



Civelli, F. (1998), "Personal competencies, organizational competencies, and employability", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 48-52.

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