Pedagogy and Professional Development

T-Shaped Person for the Textile and Apparel Industry? Analysis of Cross-functional Skills

Authors
  • Nicolette Leiby (University of Missouri)
  • Li Zhao (University of Missouri)

Abstract

As the fashion industry continues to experience rapid evolution as a result of increased globalization, changing consumer behaviors and innovative technology, industry leaders are calling for fashion professionals to possess more than just technical skills.  The industry requires professionals that can thrive in the fast-paced fashion environment through adaptability, collaboration and the willingness to learn.  Medical, law, IT and R&D disciplines have been adapting the T-shaped person skills framework to align with those technical and cross-functional skills workers need in order for companies to be competitive in their industries.  This study proposes a T-shaped person framework for the fashion industry professional.  A content analysis of 450 US fashion job postings resulted in identification of technical and cross-functional skills called for by fashion recruiters across the industry's supply chain.  These skills are illustrated in the proposed T-shaped person framework for the fashion professional.  

Keywords: T-shaped person framework, skills, technical, cross-functional

How to Cite:

Leiby, N. & Zhao, L., (2020) “T-Shaped Person for the Textile and Apparel Industry? Analysis of Cross-functional Skills”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 77(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.12057

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Published on
28 Dec 2020
Peer Reviewed