Challenges for Educators in PSM-Curricula: Quest for closing the gap with employers’ requirements

Klaas Stek, Volker Koch, Bernd Markus Zunk, Holger Schiele

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This study reveals the similarities and differences in European PSM job advertisements; the gap between ‘job ads’ and ‘literature’ and between those and PSM-curricula-literature. Employers and scholars emphasise on explicit and tacit knowledge and soft skills, whereas academia teach mostly explicit knowledge. Currently employers prefer experienced, seniors with a BASc-degree. However, stronger focus on PSM increases the demand for PSM professionals. Therefore master degree students are necessary to fulfil the need for qualified personnel. European universities face the challenge to close the gap with employers’ requirements and they should consider establishing new PSM chairs and introducing a PSM curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th annual IPSERA Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCoping with the Future: Picking your Battles
PublisherInternational Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017
Event26th Annual IPSERA Conference 2017 - Budapest/Balatonfured, Hungary
Duration: 9 Apr 201712 Apr 2017
Conference number: 26


Conference26th Annual IPSERA Conference 2017
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