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Investigating the transfer of non-technical skills in business graduates to the organisation.
Despite significant efforts in developing non-technical skills, widely considered fundamental to graduate employability, universities are paying little attention to their subsequent transfer. Stakeholders largely assume these skills translate automatically to the workplace, neglecting the numerous influences on transfer across contexts.
Persistent gaps in certain non-technical graduate skills may be attributed to problems in transfer and not inadequate development. Using Accounting graduates as a case study, this study will examine the influence of certain factors on transfer and identify collaborative strategies for creating learning and workplace environments which enhance transfer, taking us one step closer to producing the elusive ‘work-ready’ graduate.
Qualitative (focus groups and structured interviews) and quantitative (structural equation modelling and multiple regression techniques)
Dr Denise Jackson (Chief Investigator)
Associate Professor Terry De Jong (Mentor)
Edith Cowan University – Early Career Researcher Grant
March 2012 to March 2013