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Business English Useful, yes. But mandatory? (The Economist)

Mis à jour : 2 Mai 2012

Apr 30th 2012, 11:02 by L.M. | LONDON

TSEDAL NEELEY, an assistant professor at Harvard, wants all employees of multinational companies to speak English, no matter where in the world they are or what they do. 

Ms Neeley makes the case for an English-only policy for businesses that operate in more than one country in the May issue of Harvard Business Review. English is spoken by lots of people, including the citizens of such economic powerhouses as Australia and Nigeria, she writes. It has “a giant headstart” over Mandarin. And “unrestricted multilingualism is inefficient”. By way of example, she points to a French company which found that it couldn’t close a deal with visiting businessmen because none of the Parisians spoke English. Perish the thought that the guests should have sent someone with French skills to a meeting in France. Read more...