An investigation into the possible gaps between the employees' needs and tertiary courses in quantitative subjects

Nooriafshar, Mehryar and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Gunter, Greg (2005) An investigation into the possible gaps between the employees' needs and tertiary courses in quantitative subjects. Australasian Journal of Business and Behavioural Sciences, 1 (2). pp. 79-88. ISSN 1832-0422

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[Abstract]: This paper reports the findings of an investigation into the employers' requirements with regard to quantitative skills. The main purpose is to investigate possible gaps between the employers' need and the skills provided by tertiary courses in quantitative subjects and to recommend possible solutions if needed. The surveyed employers were selected randomly from the regional Australia. In many cases, quantitative modelling approaches can certainly aid managerial decision making to reduce wastage; and increase productivity and profitability. It was discovered that the majority of the surveyed firms however, did not perceive mathematical skills as being important in their decision making activities. A close analysis of the data demonstrated that these industries, regardless of their type, had a preference for graduates with practical skills in quantitative subjects. Hence, this lack of interest by the employers for quantitative tools and techniques could be due to the nature of materials and teaching approaches adopted in tertiary courses.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:30
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: employers' needs, quantitative, statistical forecasting, tertiary courses
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/851

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