Book: Digital Competence

by | 3.12.2018 | Publications

Challenges for Science, Business, Society and Politics

Prof. Dr. Mike Friedrichsen, Founding President of the Berlin University of Digital Sciences
Wulf Wersig, Chancellor and Managing Director of the Berlin University of Digital Sciences

Digital competences are (new) skills that enable employees of business enterprises, public authorities and educational institutions to apply digital technologies, to use them within the scope of their task profile and, in addition, to help advance the digital transformation of business processes and institutional procedures.

The existence of digital competencies is a key prerequisite for future-oriented development, especially in view of the international interdependence within the framework of globalisati-on and the resulting competitive pressure. Changing requirement profiles for existing pro-fessions offer opportunities for digitally qualified employees, combined with a constant need for further qualification. At the same time, employees without digital skills must continue their training in order not to lose touch.

While new technologies are (must be!) introduced, digital skills are lacking right up to the top management levels. Every third company finds the offers of further training on digital topics too expensive and lacks the competence to assess the quality of the content.

Furthermore, companies often find it difficult – or impossible – to do without employees while they are in training. At the same time, new, challenging jobs are being created whose requirement profiles are not even foreseeable yet.

This means increasing demands on skilled workers and new job profiles are leading to a growing flexibilisation of the labour market, to which it is necessary to react appropriately.

There is therefore an urgent need for action in the training and further education of digital topics for employees and managers. Digital competence is right at the top of the agenda when it comes to prioritising and should (must!) be the focus of attention today rather than tomorrow. This book deals with concrete concepts, approaches and visions from different perspectives.

Questions, exemplary:

  • What does digital competence mean and what is actually needed?
  • What is the difference between digital competence and the buzz word media competence?
  • How important is digital competence in companies, public authorities and educational insti-tutions?
  • What policies are needed to build digital literacy?
  • Which digital competences have to be created by the education system and which changes in the education system are necessary?
  • What options for action and solutions are there?


Publication background:
The book appears in the new series “Synapses in the Digital Information and Communication Network”, published by the Berlin University of Digital Sciences, Springer Gabler Verlag. It will be the first volume in this series. This book is intended to provide a rough overview of the different levels of digital competence and to contribute to a deeper discussion.

Prominent authors from economy, politics, science and society are involved and were spe-cifically addressed for this book.

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