I think you need to change the terms of the discussion.
Go into a Business CD data base and using the key word "communication"
look for what business leaders say about the necessity of effective
communication skill. Start linking your defence to those skills. Nay go
on the attack and start asking the economist what she is doing to help
develop those essential "portable" skills.
Also how come other disciplines never have to defend their outcomes. Do
the economists have an outcome test to measure how well they taught their
I find it hard to believe an economist with any links to industry would
make such a thoughtless comment.
You are free to email this comment on to other people in your
university. Indeed, maybe they would like to join in on conversation on