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The basic assumptions of COM

Summarizing the above, out of the referred scientific foundations the following basic assumptions can be derived:

The management of SME achieves to support innovation and growth of the company, since

  • vision, strategy and goals are build on competences, which are increasingly demanded by the market.
  • the company’s resources of knowledge and competence are purposely supported and used.
  • an open corporate culture is lived, which creates learning- improvement- and innovation processes by means of active participation of all employees in the sense of a learning organization.

„Competence-based Management“ goes beyond HR-development due to its integrative perspective.


If you are interested in reading more about this topic, we recommend the following literature:

North,Klaus (2005): Wissensorientierte Unternehmensführung, Gabler, Wiesbaden (4. Auflage)
North, Klaus (2005): Kompetenzmanagement in der Praxis , Gabler, Wiesbaden
Ridder, H. G. et al. (2005) : Innovation, Innovationsbereitschaft und Innovationskompetenz, in : ABWF (Hrsg.) Kompetenzentwicklung 2005, Waxmann, Münster, S. 13-68


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