ERIC Number: ED251015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Executive Values, Executive Functions, and the Humanities.
Pichler, Joseph A.
The benefits of studying the humanities to the business executive are considered. The humanities can help develop both the values and functional skills that are necessary for executive success. Competence in value analysis helps future executives to understand the full implications of the economic system, especially when it is followed by the study of microeconomics from a liberal arts perspective. The humanities, particularly philosophy and literature, can play a significant role in approaching value questions. Executive action requires a balance between creative and integrative abilities and execution and control responsibilities. Business curricula teach students to develop systems of control and execution through study of fields such as finance, production, marketing, and accounting. Certain business disciplines also develop skills in evaluating alternative strategies, structures, and technologies. Business subjects are comparatively weak in developing a facility for generating opportunities, exploring their full implications, and presenting choices to form a coherent strategy. Literary studies offer a broad spectrum of experience and skills that are significant for the creative and integrative dimensions of executive action. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrators, Business Administration Education, Creative Thinking, Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Problem Solving, Values
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at a conference sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Princeton, NJ, April 27-29, 1983). For related documents, see HE 017 872-879.