Harvard Business Review

The 5 Skills Employers Seek in Today’s Digital Economy

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Leading scholar Ernie Wilson on the surprising skills that employers look for when hiring and promoting employees.

The global economic landscape is perpetually evolving, and companies are adjusting their hiring practices to better fit their needs. Are they searching for more engineers, data scientists, writers, or MBAs?

According to research conducted by Ernie Wilson, Dean of the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, companies today are on the hunt for individuals who excel in soft skills; he calls these individuals “Third Space thinkers.”