ERIC Number: ED205059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Why Business Needs the Liberal Arts.
Smith, Roger B.
Businesses are involved in the society that helps to produce and consume their products, in the communities in which they function, in the well-being of those who have invested in them, and in government at all levels. Specialists will always be needed in business, but companies often look for employees with more than a casual exposure to the liberal arts. These employees will be of greater value to the company, and also in a position to function more effectively as voting citizens and as thinking members of the community. Liberal arts graduates have also shown to be more adaptable to new situations, and to analyze concepts and arguments better than some other groups. As business becomes more involved in public issues, it needs leadership of greater breadth and depth, who want business success in traditional terms but also want to work with public policymaking. A program at General Motors is designed to recruit liberal arts majors, beginning with a carefully selected group of liberal arts colleges located chiefly in the Midwest. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration, Cognitive Development, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Leadership Qualities, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Public Policy, Recruitment, School Business Relationship, Specialization
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Financial Aid to Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: General Motors Corporation
Note: Paper presented to the Commercial Club of Chicago.