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date: 28 January 2020

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Skill is a ubiquitous term but it is not always commonly understood. This chapter demonstrates that our understanding of skill varies, often as a reflection of our disciplinary interests. Three cross disciplinary lenses are used to examine varying views of skill: its meaning, acquisition, utilisation, recognition, and impact. These lenses: political economy of skill; skill as an organisational resource; and learning theory, enable an exploration of economic, political science, sociology, industrial relations, human resource management, organisation studies, education and psychology perspectives. It is argued that rather than a single or even cross-disciplinary view, multiple perspectives on skill are essential to effective policy development and positive influence on individual and social wellbeing.

Keywords: disciplinary perspectives on skill, human resource management, learning theory, organisation studies, political economy, skill

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