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Corporate Babel in the Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review had a great article last month talking about businesses taking on a single language approach to addressing the challenges of the global market place. One Japanese company mentioned in the article implemented English (a popular choice) as its official language, despite the fact that the company is headquartered in Japan and the large majority of its employees speak Japanese. This practice is becoming more popular as companies adapt to an ever more competitive global market that demands efficient communication.

In the latest issue, readers feedback on the article is featured and we thought they had some interesting points. Have a look here.

What are your thoughts? Is English essential to global success? Will the global standard always be English? For a native speaker of English, is it necessary to learn another language?

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