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Business and Communications When someone mentions the word communication ones thoughts turn to a newspaper the radio television or another more common means of mass-type communication One does not usually make the connection between communication and other institutions such as business Good business however goes hand in hand with good communication Good managers and professionals realize that the ability to communicate is not a silly frill its a necessity that helps all accomplish their work Murphy 2 Therefore the question is often posed Are these problems of poor communications that face managers and professionals becoming more and more critical The evidence suggests the answer to be yes- these problems are serious and are growing more and more serious everyday John O Morris a Management Communications Consultant consolidates this problem into a single statement called the Morris Maxim It states that Communications problems grow much faster in any organization than the organization itself grows Morris 3 This maxim emphasizes the need for better communication in organizations such as big business through the implication of what would happen if that organization did not fix its structure to better handle increasing communication needs However before dealing with a solution to the problem of communication in business frequently dubbed business speak it is important to understand how big business operates Big business was created in the mid-1800s to organize corporations such as the railroad oil and steel industries At that time the only other organizations that had a similar size and structure were the Roman Catholic Church and the United States Army These organizations are extremely authoritative in nature and use a system of hierarchical communication This translates into a business organizationcommunication style which is basically condescending in nature and is based primarily on status Business speak is often straight to the point and beneficial to the individual speaking first and to others second This shows its hierarchical origins in that very often the speaker
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