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Developing successful employees: perceptions of industry leaders and academicians

Developing successful employees: perceptions of industry leaders and academicians This study was designed to discover what is believed to be important for a student to be successful in the retailing field, graduating from a four-year college program. The research design was Q-methodology, utilizing 47 statements on a Lickert scale sorted by 23 representatives of both the academy and retailing industry. The study found a distinct gap in the perceptions of industry respondents versus the academics included in the study. While industry believes that strong affective skills, such as "leadership" and "decision making" were the most desirable characteristics for future executives, the academy favors more interpersonal affective competencies and overall ranked cognitive skills higher than the other group. Further, the study found academicians believed that their opinions would mirror those of the industry. However, this was clearly not supported. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education + Training Emerald Publishing

Developing successful employees: perceptions of industry leaders and academicians

Education + Training , Volume 42 (6): 6 – Aug 1, 2000

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0040-0912
DOI
10.1108/00400910010378476
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Abstract

This study was designed to discover what is believed to be important for a student to be successful in the retailing field, graduating from a four-year college program. The research design was Q-methodology, utilizing 47 statements on a Lickert scale sorted by 23 representatives of both the academy and retailing industry. The study found a distinct gap in the perceptions of industry respondents versus the academics included in the study. While industry believes that strong affective skills, such as "leadership" and "decision making" were the most desirable characteristics for future executives, the academy favors more interpersonal affective competencies and overall ranked cognitive skills higher than the other group. Further, the study found academicians believed that their opinions would mirror those of the industry. However, this was clearly not supported.

Journal

Education + TrainingEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2000

Keywords: Leadership; Retail trade; Education

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