Towards a Liberal Education for Business

by Thomas Carroll



Professional education for business is surely in ferment. Never before in its relatively short history have educators in this professional field been engaged in such a deep and widespread questioning of its educational goals and of the means for approaching their achievement as at present. Several factors account for this current ferment. First there is the growth in the size and complexity of business organization itself, Then there are significant external factors, such as the increasing impact of government and labor on business decisions, finally the development of a social environment that calls for increased public responsibility in business decision-making has placed new demands upon business leaders. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the concept of professional education for business that appears to be emerging. It has even been suggested that technology and its administration may become the core of a new twentieth-century humanism, business education can and should be made the vehicle for liberal as well as specialized or professional education.

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