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Evaluation of The Usefulness of Abstract Thinking as a Manager’s Competence

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Jelonek D., Stepniak C.

Abstract: This paper refers to the problem of teaching students of management abstract thinking skills and tools that support this matter. A research carried out on a group of students, aimed at evaluating respondents attitude towards abstract perception of the reality, their professional career visions and willingness towards self-development. Additionally, it presented the possible application of these competences. It was showed that respondents have ambitious career plans and are ready to improve their skills in the discussed subject. From the results of the research it was also argued that the respondents positive attitude towards abstract thinking competence has increased.

Key words:
Resource-based management, space management, GIS, career planning, skills and competences.


The contemporary labor market in Poland is characterized by some kind of contradiction. On the one hand, Polish people complain about high level of unemployment, on the other entrepreneurs complain about the lack of properly qualified staff. Therefore a following question can be asked: are employers demands for candidates too high or are the candidates not able to present their skills properly?
 Considering the contemporary economic processes, among other, such trends as globalization and the concentration of the organization can be distinguished. Thanks to these tendencies multinational corporations play increasingly important role in the world economy and more and more often dominate  markets in particular industries. The running of large corporations requires on the one hand a growing entrepreneurship and on the other hand introduction of corporate governance becomes necessary in order to organize the processes in the corporation. To conduct their business, growing corporations need more and more resources of various types, that can include their own resources or derived from cooperating entities.
  Human factor has a significant impact on the operation of an organization. There are two different approaches to human resources. The first one is choosing personnel adequately to the needs of the organization. The second one is ensuring that the interests of individual employees are consistent with the objectives of the organization. Organizations need various types of staff. On the one hand, employees who are  creative, enterprising, creating new added value (sometimes even contrary to accepted corporate rules) are indispensable. On the other hand, competent staff implementing strict corporate rules are also needed.
In this paper the topic of demand for abstract thinking in contemporary organizations perceived by students of the faculty of management was undertaken. For the purpose of these paper a study was conducted on a group of students who had to present their opinion about the demand for abstract thinking in resource management. As a part of the study, students indicated their own level of knowledge of abstract thinking, showed their own view of the organizations
demand for these skills and disclosed their own plans. The purpose of this paper is to present the views of the studied group of students about the perception of the courses of their own professional development and how they are perceived through the prism of the previously mentioned issues.

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 Research results show that students of management at least declare to be an ambitious professional group, whose members want to hold high and responsible positions in their future career (about 90% of respondents). Their ambitions are confirmed by the willingness of further education (as it was in the case of expressing enthusiasm about acquiring knowledge of business process modeling tools, where almost 90% of students know or wish to get to know these tools).
For the majority of respondents, the subject of the research was not well known at the begging of the survey. Along with filling out consecutive questions of the questionnaire the respondents were  becoming more familiar with the surveyed issues and their attitude toward competence of abstract constructions usage was becoming more positive. In the last question about the reasonability of investing in space management 49% of students had a positive attitude.
  It can be argued that the concept of space management proved to be good for the subject of willingness to know the tolls of abstract description of reality. Respondents have read the intention of the research quite well and while filling out the questionnaire their attitude towards the subject was evolving.
  Finally, there are two more useful reflections after analyzing the results obtained. The first one is a confirmation that students should be thought the abstract perception of reality, but even then its practical application need to be indicated. The second one is an observation, that it is worth to conduct research on students, because in this way they can broaden their knowledge and therefore some didactic goals can be achieved.

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Streszczenie: Niniejszy artykuł odnosi się do problemu nauczania studentów zarządzania umiejętności abstrakcyjnego myślenia i narzędzi wspierających tą kwestię. Badanie przeprowadzone na grupie studentów miało na celu ocenę postawy respondentów wobec abstrakcyjnego postrzegania rzeczywistości, wizji ich kariery zawodowej i gotowości
w kierunku samorozwoju. Dodatkowo zaprezentowało możliwe zastosowania tych kompetencji. Wykazano, że respondenci mają ambitne plany zawodowe i są gotowi, aby poprawić swoje umiejętności w omawianym temacie. Wyniki badania wskazują również, że pozytywne nastawienie respondentów do kompetencji myślenia abstrakcyjnego wzrosło.
Słowa kluczowe: zarządzanie oparte na zasobach, zarządzanie przestrzenią, GIS, planowanie kariery zawodowej, umiejętności i kompetencje.



关键词:基于资源管理、空间管理、 地理信息系统、 职业生涯规划、 技能和能力

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