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2/6/2012 1 RSM 222 Management Accounting Writing Workshop Rebecca Vogan Workshop overview • Why write? • What are the key qualities of professional writing? • What are the key features of a memo? • How can the writing rubric help? • Analysis of the sample solution (not yet excellent) • What resources are available to you? How do you feel about writing ? Writing Why practise writing? • to write well on the final RSM 222 exam • to write well in other Rotman courses o write well on professional exams • to write well on professional exams • to write well in other disciplines • to satisfy future employers • to save time, money, confusion, and grief “Anyone who can write is a major asset in business ” asset in business.
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2/6/2012 2 “The need to write clearly and quickly has never been more important than in today’s highly competitive, technology- driven global economy.” Joseph M. Tucci, president and CEO of EMC Corporation “People unable to express themselves clearly in writing limit their opportunities for professional, salaried employment.” Bob Kerrey, president, New School University, New York Wall Street Journal , March 2011 An article by Diana Middleton struck a nerve: “Students struggle for words: Business schools put more emphasis on writing amid employer complaints.” Results of a major survey of employers “What came up first was a basic, longstanding skill: ‘The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing Eighty nine percent of in writing.’ Eighty-nine percent of employers highlighted it; ‘critical thinking and ‘analytical reasoning’ came in second at 81 percent.” The Chronicle of Higher Education , March 9, 2010 But… “Only 1 in 4 employers thinks that … colleges are doing a good job in preparing students for the job in preparing students for the challenges of the global economy.” The Chronicle of Higher Education , March 9, 2010 Mastering professional writing is like… Mastering a new sport Mastering a new instrument
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2/6/2012 3 Key qualities of professional writing • concise • clear (to the specific reader) • well-organized • uses an appropriate tone for each situation • underpinned by good critical thinking READER-ORIENTED! A typical business format:
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