The language we use in business

We find it fascinating, once again, just having skimmed through the Microsoft (MSFT) Earnings Release FY17 Q4 results released on 20 July 2017, how generally in businesses ‘natural’ language is used differently in different sectors.

In general within Commerce & Industry we tend to refer to ‘strategic partnerships’ and ‘supply-chains / arrangements’, etc.  Language crafted from legal and contractual relations.

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The irony is that it is generally only the Technology sector, possibly as a more recent / younger sector, that crafts its language from the natural world.  In technology companies you don’t have supply-chains, but rather ‘ecosystems’, ‘cloud-platforms’, ‘waterfall project’ deployment, etc., etc.

ecosystem
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It is both fascinating and ironic that these metaphors for relationships in the technology sector borrow heavily from ‘natural language’ or nature based language; which in turn promotes sustainable business practices (we hope and trust) and sustainability more generally.

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Source: https://www.opslogix.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/071414_2150_Whymonitory8.png

Do you find this to be a positive / true reflection of the use of business language? Your comments are very welcome. […and will no doubt be added to our ‘word-cloud’]

©2017 theMarketSoul

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