Our thanks to Professor Marie Flatley, who sent our way a recent article in The Wall Street Journal about employers’ latest complaints regarding students’ communication skills.
According to the article (“Students Struggle for Words “), employers of recent MBAs report these weaknesses:
–Their writing is boring, lacking “color and nuance.”
–They tend to uses complicated words (e.g., “edifice”) when a simple one will work at least as well (e.g., “building”).
–They fail to focus on the “single most important issue,” from the reader’s perspective, right away.
–They’re good at analytical methods but poor at identifying and communicating “the implications of the research.”
–They have trouble adapting their writing to different audiences.
–They write too many emails, and their emails sometimes “read like text messages”–“not in complete sentences.”
We’re on track, fellow bcomm teachers. Keep up the good work–and share this article with those in your department who allocate resources to business communication.