View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Thursday, December 04, 2003

Business School is Not Business

It never fails. Buy a car, and suddenly you notice that the highways are clogged with your new car. Read a book, and if it's a good one, you should notice some real-world application almost immediately.

Michael Novak wrote a small book about 8 years ago named Business as a Calling, about the moral and ethical requirements for success in business, and for the success of a democratic capitalist system. I'm in business school, and I'm enjoying it immensely. And business school has more adjunct faculty - people with real jobs who teach - than most courses of study. Still, the academic calendar has its own rhythm. I've got seminars I'm trying to organize, a course I'd like to help design, a final exam I need to review, and one grade that hasn't even been posted yet. And it's all on hold for another month.

This sort of unresponsiveness would never be tolerated in business; it would be ruthlessly punished until the offenders were working for someone else. But, indeed, as Mr. Novak notes, the academic temperment differs from the business temperment, doesn't it?

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