Business As a Humanity (The Ruffin Series in Business by Thomas Donaldson, R. Edward Freeman

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By exposing students to philosophy, literature, and history, it was argued, humanization of the profession might occur and a genuine conversation could be established between the medical profession, medical educators, and the other departments of the university charged with understanding and responding to society's broad needs. During the first phases of these initiatives, the principal focus of this process of humanistic education was on the individual student. Courses (usually electives) were elaborated upon and offered to students as an enrichment to their education.

13. 5. , p. 23. 6. Magali Sarfatti Larson, The Rise of Professionalism: A Sociological Analysis (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977); quoted in Eric J. : Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences, 1984), p. 9. A Response to Richard T. " Thomas W. Dunfee Richard De George's eloquent call for a true humanizing of the business school curriculum encompasses many valid points. I agree in general with De George's position but find that I have a quite different perspective concerning several of his claims.

Critical and imaginative approaches to business education involve more than simply turning out people with the skills that business wants. If business wants people with special skills, it can train them itself. What business should expect from a business school and what a business school should provide is something that business cannot itself produce. It may appear arrogant for a business school to claim to know better than business itself what is good for business and what business needs. But if businesses knew better what they need, they would provide it for themselves.

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