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ERIC Number: EJ875957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2816
Stasis Theory as a Strategy for Workplace Teaming and Decision Making
Brizee, H. Allen
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v38 n4 p363-385 2008
Current scholarship tells us that skills in teaming are essential for students and practitioners of professional communication. Writers must be able to cooperate with subject-matter experts and team members to make effective decisions and complete projects. Scholarship also suggests that rapid changes in technology and changes in teaming processes challenge workplace communication and cooperation. Professional writers must be able to use complex software for projects that are often completed by multidisciplinary teams working remotely. Moreover, as technical writers shift from content developers to project managers, our responsibilities now include user advocacy and supervision, further invigorating the need for successful communication. This article offers a different vision of an ancient heuristic--stasis theory--as a solution for the teaming challenges facing today's professional writers. Stasis theory, used as a generative heuristic rather than an eristic weapon, can help foster teaming and effective decision making in contemporary pedagogical and workplace contexts.
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Language: English
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