Competence area 1: competence in one or more sciences
The business economist is familiar with existing scientific
knowledge and has the competence of using this, applying it in an integrated
way, and extending it.
Ba1.1 Understanding the role of business economic entities and their
interactions with other economic entities.
Ba1.2 Knowing business economic concepts and theories with respect to
the various business economic domains.
Ba1.3 Understanding the development of business economic theories and
situating them within a wider micro and macro economic environment.
Ba1.4 Understanding the interaction and the synergy of the functional
domains (such as marketing, accountancy, business financing, ...)
Ba1.5 Understanding the presuppositions and limitations of standard ways
of thinking and methods and explanatory models.
Ba1.6 Being able to apply the supporting sciences (such as statistics,
mathematics, research methodology and policy information science) when solving
business economic problems.
Ba1.7 Using qualitative and quantitative basic methods and techniques of
business economic research that are typical of the functional domains within
the business economic discipline
Ba1.8 Having an understanding of related sciences such as (commercial)
law, psychology, sociology, technology and philosophy and interpreting their
interaction with business economic reality.
Ba1.9 Appreciating the uncertainty, ambiguity and the boundaries of
business economic knowledge
Ba1.10 Having an understanding of the development and dynamics of
business economic sub disciplines. Realizing how the functional domains
Ba1.11 Knowing the most important framework of concepts of each of the
functional domains in English and French.
Ba1.12 Understanding the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship
as a source of continuity and growth.
Competence area 2: scientific competence
A business economist is competent in scientific research and design with
the goal of new knowledge creation and problem solving
Ba2.1 Dealing with problem based business economic research assignments
including the application of suitable research methods.
Ba2.2 Identifying and using sources of business economic research.
Ba2.3 Identifying relevant research problems.
Ba2.4 Interpreting, reporting on and evaluating the results of existing
and one’s own initial research
Ba2.5 Being conscious of different levels of abstraction of commonly
used business economic models
Competence area 3: intellectual competence
A business economist is competent in analysis, reasoning, the
formation of judgement, critical reflection and has an attitude of lifelong
learning. These are competences that are learned within the context of a
discipline or have been honed scientifically and are then applicable
Ba3.1 Analysing business economic issues via cases or realistic business
Ba3.2 Formulating a personal point of view and making recommendations on
the basis of a scientifically based analysis.
Ba3.3 Reflecting critically on the own learning process and thinking,
and adjusting them where necessary
Ba3.4. Adopting an attitude of lifelong learning and bearing witness to
Competence area 4: competence in collaboration and communication
A business economist has the competence to collaborate with and for
others. This requires good communication skills, a sense of responsibility,
presentation and writing skills, …
Ba 4.1 Reporting in writing on research with respect to business
economic problems and their solutions
Ba 4.2 Presenting orally on research with respect to business economic
problems and their solutions.
Ba 4.3 Working in team on the analysis and solution of a problem
Ba 4.4. Communicating on business economics in Dutch
Ba 4.5. Communicating in writing and orally in French and English on
business economic topics,
Competence area 5: social competence
A business economist is conscious of the interaction between the
temporal and social context and science, and integrates these insights in
his/her own work.
Ba 5.1 Understanding relevant developments in business economics in
relation to social developments
Ba 5.2 Analysing social and ethical consequences of new developments in
the business economic disciplines
Ba 5.3 Realising the social responsibility of a business economist