Business Schools Should Teach Students About Meaning

Published: Feb 24, 2011

 Education       Grad School       

Art is treated too much as business, it's said. Perhaps it's business that should be treated more like art. From The Economist on how business people can benefit from a more serious study and appreciation of the arts:

Studying the arts can help businesspeople communicate more eloquently. Most bosses spend a huge amount of time “messaging” and “reaching out”, yet few are much good at it. Their prose is larded with clichés and garbled with gobbledegook. Half an hour with George Orwell’s “Why I Write” would work wonders. Many of the world’s most successful businesses are triumphs of story-telling more than anything else. Marlboro and Jack Daniels have tapped into the myth of the frontier. Ben & Jerry’s, an ice-cream maker, wraps itself in the tie-dyed robes of the counter-culture. But business schools devote far more energy to teaching people how to produce and position their products rather than how to infuse them with meaning.

[The Economist]


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