4 Learning the specialised language of management
Every group of professionals develops its own specialised language. Part of learning to be a manager is learning how to use the words and expressions that identify you as a manager.
These management words can be ordinary words that are used in a special way in business and management, words that have been formed to describe new processes, or acronyms.
Some writers about management talk about how becoming a manager involves joining a community of practice (Lave and Wenger, 1991).
Members of the management community of practice do the same kind of job although they work for different organisations. They also share a specialised language.
As we noted, one of the ways that a course such as the MBA can help you become part of the management community is by helping you to learn to recognise and use the language of management. The comment below is from an MBA student explaining one of the reasons why she wanted to do an MBA:
Why I decided to do an MBA? I was dealing with the chairman of the company that was taking us over, I knew he was wrong about some things and they were usually financial things but I didn’t have the financial vocabulary or background or confidence to be able to take him on.
This student wanted to do an MBA in order to learn the language of management. In the next section, you will find some information about three other managers who want to do an MBA.