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This publication investigates corporate  strategies for human resource development and trends in qualifications and competence development.

The study is based on a comparison of the working environment of three multinational companies (AXA, GLAXO and XEROX) in Austria, the Netherlands and Britain in order to draw conclusions on the effects national circumstances may have on competence development within these enterprises.

In this book it is described to which extent the Fachhochschule study programmes are prepared to achieve the aim of the development of a European space for higher education, which developments in this process have already been achieved, and what kind of measures are still necessary for further realisations.

A major quality characteristic of the Austrian VET system is the orientation on current economical and technological developments and on labour market needs. An ongoing anticipation of qualifications and labour market developments is therefore a necessary measurement.

This study investigates the relationship between professional knowledge and academic knowledge by combining Etienne Wenger's concept of communities-of-practice with Ronald Barnett's work on academic values.