Who's to Blame for MBAs' Lousy Writing?

by Vault Education Editors | March 07, 2011

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Let’s play the blame game. Maybe not the most productive activity, but, oh well, fingers are meant to point at things. So, who shall be held (partially) responsible for all those jargon-addled, long-winded sentences being churned out in business schools?

The Economist points its collective digit at the educators, for leading by example. The teachers, they aren’t any less prolix and incomprehensible than the students:

An MBA programme is one of the last bastions of the opinion that talking in jargon makes one sound intelligent. But this is hardly surprising because MBA students are certainly not the worst writers at business school. If you have ever read an essay in a management journal, you will know that professors are proof that the longer one at buisiness [sic] school, the more impenetrable your writing becomes.

Which raises the question: if MBA's writing skills are poor, who exactly is going to improve them?

[The Economist]

 

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