Relevance and meaningfulness: student perspectives on the highly talented international business professional profile

Petra van Heugten, Marjolein Heijne-Penninga, Patricia Robbe, Debbie Jaarsma, Marca Wolfensberger

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Abstract

Competencies deemed relevant and meaningful by international business professionals and implemented in IB education still do not produce work-ready graduates. This may be because these competencies are not perceived as relevant or meaningful by students. This study was conducted to gain students’ perspectives on the relevance and meaningfulness of the HTIBP talent competency framework and how they perceived working with it. Results show that the five competency domains of the HTIBP competency framework are perceived as relevant and meaningful by students, in alignment with the professional field, however, this was not the case for a few associated items (behaviors) like “showing entrepreneurship” and “improving ideas from others.” The lack of clarity of these behaviors resulted in less experienced relevance and meaningfulness by students. Our findings will help educators to better facilitate students’ understanding the meaning and relevance of competencies. This may help to improve alignment with the professional field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalJournal of the European Honors Council
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • talent development
  • business education
  • student perception
  • meaningfulness

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