Professional Training for Structural Economic Transformations Based on Competence Approach in the Digital Age

Professional Training for Structural Economic Transformations Based on Competence Approach in the Digital Age

Tatyana Olegovna Tolstykh, Yulia Vertakova, Elena Shkarupeta
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3485-3.ch011
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The intensive development of the society of the digital economy inevitably entails tasks in the field of knowledge management. Priority resources become information and knowledge, obtained on the basis of expert experience. Competencies that are competitive advantages in the market are innovation, competence, creativity, cognition. Therefore, the transition from the physical to the digital economy requires fundamentally new approaches in the sectors, and in production, and in education, training, formation and management of innovative human capital. The paper considers approaches, tools and mechanisms for students to develop innovative-oriented competences based on project training. The key moments in this approach should be the initiation and generation in the University Ideas, their prototyping, scaling and commercialization to the market.
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For the implementation of structural transformations associated with the formation of a forward-looking innovative digital model of economy adequate staffing is required. In this regard, it is required to organize extensive training of new specialists using a project approach, which will form an innovation-oriented competence required for the new era.

In the context of rapidly changing economic trends in the distribution of the world market, the task of shaping human capital comes to the fore. The penetration of digital technologies into all spheres of the economy, the need to create an innovative infrastructure requires a rethinking of existing models in education that are adequate to the trends of the macro environment.

The common pattern for all projects in the field of digital technologies is their client-oriented, speed of implementation and use of information as a driving resource. This makes it necessary to take into account the specific features of a particular consumer in a particular place, as well as the use of technologies for digital transformations (mapping) of real business processes. New conditions for the implementation of projects require different approaches, both to their management and to the modernization of the company and universities in general.

In the opinion of the authors, a higher school plays a priority role in influencing the development of all sectors and the economy as a whole.

The education system permeates all the structures of society, is associated with each industry, with any sphere of activity. Therefore, only from the position of taking into account the direct and side effects of its influence on society, it is possible to propose directions of development in the strategic programs of social and economic development of the region.

The direct task of the higher school is to increase the amount of knowledge accumulated by society, to process and transform information into knowledge, to generate new information and new knowledge, to form a specialist that is competitive with domestic and world standards (Kupriyanovskii et al., 2017).

In this chapter, authors attempt to develop the following provisions relating to professional training in shaping innovative-oriented competences in a digital economy:

  • Disclose the content of innovative-oriented competencies as the potential of digital entrepreneurship, formed under the influence of environmental factors and conditions

  • Develop models for the formation of innovative-oriented competencies based on the project approach

  • To substantiate the impact of innovative-oriented competencies among students on the effectiveness of business project implementation in the digital technology market

  • To offer a motivational system for the formation of innovative-oriented competencies through cooperation between the university and business structures

Material provided by that chapter is logical and consistent disclosure tool problems professional training for structural economic transformations based on competence approach in the digital age.



The economy of the beginning and middle of the XX century, the main characteristic of which was the unsaturated “producer market”, was the consequence of the Industrial Revolution. The “old” economy has formed its models in the management of industrial sectors, based on the priority of the goals of constantly increasing its market shares and increasing efficiency from the growth of production by reducing costs and standardizing products. The objectives of profit maximization were solved through copying successful processes and policies in each geographic market, through strictly hierarchical management of operations and uniform motivation methods, depending exclusively on output and product quality. Standard organizational structures corresponded to the types of production of the “old economy”, the planning system of that time and, linked with it, commercial activity.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Competence: An approach that for achievement of high results an employee must demonstrate labor behavior, which is possible if certain individually-psychological qualities or their complementary sets, which in this case is not crucial, because the assignment of an employee to the success or lack of success made only on demonstrated behavior. It is related to employment concept that says the professionalism on the sphere, in which the worker is competent. It is relative to the individual concept, which says about aspects of the behavior necessary for competent performance.

Digital Economy: A system of economic, social and cultural relations based on the use of digital information and communication technologies.

Professional Training: Development of universal, professional competencies and means students, mediated a different level of training, personal experience and attitude to the future profession.

Digital: Ecosystem: An independent group of actors (people, equipment and organizations) that share the standardized digital platforms to communicate with each other to achieve commercial or social goal.

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