Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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As the demand for Business Management courses increases at an exponential rate, one has to pause and ask-What does an MBA program demand from its students? What kind of training is imparted in a B-School? MBA degree course has been designed to meet the persistent needs of the corporates facing the unprecedented challenge of profitability and growth in a turbulently competitive economy. Those who come out of B-Schools are expected to accelerate the growth of the business as well as ensure all-round development of self. In other words, corporates demand that MBAs develop strong conceptual skills in management, finance, marketing, operations as well as possess a band of soft skills like personal effectiveness, leadership, communication, etc.

According to employer's perspectives on the "Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century US Workforce", besides skills like reading, writing and arithmetic that is essential to acquire a job, soft skills are also critical to one's effectiveness on the job. A lot of MBA professionals are woefully short on soft skills like professional demeanor, oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, which can have disastrous effect on one's career. The first paper, "MBA: The Soft and Hard Skills That Matter", by R Venkatesan Iyengar attempts to answer some of the questions that MBA students frequently ask regarding job opportunities and interviews. He presents convincing and insightful answers to questions like "What does the corporate expect of an MBA degree holder?".

Workplace conversations act as a source of motivation and can have great impact on performance as it contributes to the breaking of silos, leading to networks and collaborations. Workplace conversations on the latest developments in business and influx of new ways of thinking and acting can really drive the employees to give their best. The second paper, "Managing Difficult Workplace Conversations", by Revathi Turaga presents insights on how to deal with difficult workplace conversation without using inappropriate words that might result in negative reactions.

Employment contract is not just a written agreement between employee and the employer concerning the rules and regulations that lead to high performance at work, but it is also a synergistic merger of aspirations and expectations which form a strong basis for the obligation each one may have towards the other. …

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