Soft skills get short shrift in business school: DePaul study

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So-called “soft” skills used in business, such as managing workers and decision-making, might be most important on the job, but they often get short shrift at business schools, according to a DePaul University study of 373 business schools as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

About 13 percent of required business courses taught skills for managing workers, while 10 percent taught decision-making skills, preferring to emphasize finance, the story said. As more companies look for signs of management training, however, some business programs are increasing the number of hours devoted to teaching business communication and leadership skills, the story said.

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