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ERIC Number: ED258184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing in an Emerging Organization: An Ethnographic Study.
Doheny-Farina, Stephen
A study was conducted to examine the collaborative writing process of a group of executives at a financially unstable computer software company as they wrote a business plan to encourage investment in the company and to determine how the process affected the corporate structure. Data were collected from field notes, tape recorded meetings, open ended interviews, and discourse based interviews compiled during visits to the company from three to five days a week for approximately eight months. During the collaborative invention process two significant things happened: (1) for the first time, the vice presidents made large scale decisions without the approval of the president, and (2) it was discovered that the company president had mismanaged the finances, and his autonomy was reduced. Thus, the collaborative writing process influenced the corporate structure as well as what was written. The process of collaboration reflected the change in authority of the participants by ultimately proceeding along the lines of the production group's new team committee approach. The study indicated that writing even a brief passage from the plan involved complex social processes, and suggested that teachers might do well to recognize this reciprocal relationship when integrating collaborative team projects into their technical, business, and professional writing courses. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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