The purpose of this study is to determine whether there is a significant difference between employers and students on their perceptions of the importance of skills and traits critical for securing entry‐level employment in operations management. Another major concern in this study is whether employers value general skills more than technical abilities. To address our research questions, a two‐page questionnaire was developed. We found significant differences in mean scores between employers and students in their perceptions of the importance of general skills, technical skills, and personality characteristics. In addition, our findings indicate that employers value general skills significantly higher than technical skills. The results of this study provide a foundation for operations management programs in curricula reengineering and ultimately provide the business community with more qualified applicants.
Gabric, D. and McFadden, K. (2001), "Student and Employer Perceptions of Desirable Entry‐level Operations Management Skills", American Journal of Business, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 5-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/19355181200100005Download as .RIS
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