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ERIC Number: EJ861917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
"Piggybacking" on Business Communication through Interdisciplinarity: Developing Student Communication Skills in Legal Environment of Business Courses
Cooley, Amanda Harmon
Business Communication Quarterly, v72 n4 p431-438 2009
The purpose of this article is to describe an assignment for a legal environment of business course that builds upon and reinforces strong business communication practices. The assignment discusses "piggybacking," which is the unauthorized use of another person's wireless Internet connection. In this assignment, the students are required (1) to evaluate timely business issues in a critical way and (2) to produce a short report, based on a selected position, that demonstrates both skill in professional writing and an understanding of the underlying business law implications of their perspective. Further, the students must discuss and defend their positions in a persuasive, analytical, and logical manner. This assignment and activity aim to guide students to more effective forms of business communication through substantive short report writing and a simulated public meeting that emphasizes oral presentation skills. Business students benefit from as much exposure to best communication practices as possible; as such, reinforcing these practices across undergraduate and graduate business curricula is essential. Courses in the legal environment of business are well-matched to this interdisciplinarity, and the reinforcement of best practices in these courses provides opportunities to assist all students to become the most effective communicators (and, therefore, the most effective business professionals) that they can be.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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