Skills Gap in Undergraduate Business Major

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Suggestions for Working on This Project: In the course textbook, go to page 27, and read Linda Hudson’s remarks in -Why Does This Matter? Then - go to page 71, and read the overview about Team Communication Skills - Why Does This Matter? Make sure to read Chapters (12 and 13) in the course textbook before working on this assignment.

Instructions: In your team, plan and investigate the Business Case below. Then, evaluate useful data sources to address the Business Case. *Make sure to identify ONE applicable secondary business sources to support your findings. Use current data NOT over ten years.

Make sure to select ONE direct quote from secondary sources. The source should be used as three in-text citations (APA format) to support the findings. *Do NOT use more than “three” in-text citations in the body. Do NOT use the course’s textbook as a secondary source. Make sure to list secondary sources in the reference page (APA format).

Business Case – Research related to higher education trends suggest college students do not read course textbooks and other assigned course content. Drawing from this literature, business research suggest this might provide a reason for undergraduate business majors “gaps” in terms of not understanding their discipline/declared major specific knowledge and skills expected by industry. Some examples of these “knowledge/skill gaps” include but are not limited to: preparing routine business - written documents or presentations, utilizing specific knowledge/skills related to team-based projects and demonstrating an awareness of workplace issues related to their declared majors, e.g. generations, technological, cultures, genders, etc., which might impede business communications or performance on team-based projects.

Task: Investigate whether graduating undergraduate business majors are equipped with industry expected skills. Your team can investigate using (national) data about graduating undergraduate business majors -or- specific (local) data.

Establish your position (agree, disagree, neutral). This means explain your position in terms of whether graduating undergraduate business majors are equipped – or- not equipped with industry expected skills- or- neutral. Make sure to provide evidence to support your position from secondary and/or primary sources.

Regarding primary sources - given the mixture of declared majors assigned to teams in this course – it is acceptable to use a mixture of examples from team members/ declared majors –or- if your team include members with the same major –use the team’s specific major.

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