Thursday, May 5, 2011

Business and Writing

Question: What skills do business graduates need in order to be successful?

Answer: Writing and analytical skills.

Quotes: “James Danko, dean of Villanova University’s business school since 2005, is leaving to take over as president of Butler University in Indianapolis.”

“Under Danko, Villanova rose in the weekly magazine Best-B-schools lists, advertised relentlessly for MBA candidates, almost doubled the number of applications to more than 4,000 a year, and more than tripled donations to $20 million last year.”

“Danko has a real-world business background: He started a home medical-equipment business 20 years before he finally donned a gown at the University of Michigan, where he earned his MBA. But ‘the best thing I have going for me is a strong liberal-arts foundation,’ from little John Carroll University, that gave him ‘writing skills and analytical abilities,’ the basics business people expect when they hire college grads.”

Comment: Used to be, many years ago, that engineering schools urged students to learn to write. Now it’s business. Can doctors be far behind? RayS.

“Leaving Town.” Joseph N. DiStephano. Philadelphia Inquirer (Wednesday, May 3, 2011), p. C3.

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