Education and competence - an edge in transition?

Alf Westelius, Erik Lundmark

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We explore how the competence edge that tertiary education used to provide, may be getting blunt and challenged by self-study and practice-based training. Online educational resources (OERs) provide easy access to training material for those who know how to find and use it. Combined with settings in which to apply the skills and knowledge thus acquired, OERs can appear as an attractive alternative even to those who have the alternative of attending prestige university programs. Relying on interviews and discussions with young people on the traditional university path, those on the alternative path, and with people of different ages with a university degree, we assess the viability of a major shift in favour of the alternative path, and management implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th ANZAM Conference 2013
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging on the edge
EditorsMartin Grimmer, Rob Hecker
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780987596819
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013) - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013)
CityHobart, Australia


  • organisational and/or personal learning
  • thinking outside the square
  • flexibility
  • instability
  • innovation in managing people


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