A Soft Skills Experiment in an Industrial Engineering and Management Academic Course: A Demonstration of how to Develop Soft Skills

Klaas Stek

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Abstract

Industrial firms increasingly concentrate on their core competences and outsource non-core activities, affecting the personal (soft) skills requirements of purchasing and supply chain management (PSM) personnel in their boundary-spanning roles. In parallel, machines take over processes but cannot replicate humans’ soft skills such as creativity and strategic thinking. The literature shows that learning objectives in PSM courses in higher education are evaluated for not covering soft skills. Moreover, there is evidence that soft skills development is challenging. It is questionable which soft skills can be developed and which didactics are applicable. This study presents an educational soft skills experiment with IEM graduates, and it provides evidence that soft skills learning can effectively be introduced in existing courses. The graduates self-rated their competence levels of 36 soft skills before and after the course that provided soft skills workshops and a case study. In the first survey, “strategic thinking” ranked low and could be improved the most in the second survey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTraining Engineering Students for Modern Technological Advancement
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global Publisher
Chapter2
Pages20
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)9781799888185
ISBN (Print)9781799888161
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021
Event30th Annual IPSERA Conference 2021: Purchasing Innovation and Crisis Management - Online Event, Knoxville, United States
Duration: 29 Mar 20211 Apr 2021
Conference number: 30
https://www.ipsera.com/ipseraonline2021

Conference

Conference30th Annual IPSERA Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleIPSERA 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKnoxville
Period29/03/211/04/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • educational experiment
  • constructive alignment
  • soft skills
  • strategic thinking
  • industrial engineering and management
  • business administration
  • purchasing and supply chain
  • case study

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