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Dale Cyphert – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Despite management theorists' decades-long attention to the robust sustainability of complex organizations, adaptive management practices remain undertheorized. Management is evolving from a hierarchically organized effort in pursuit of strategically determined goals into a facilitation of layered, distributed, autonomous agents able to learn from…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Business Communication, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
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Josephine Walwema; Jennifer Bay – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
We analyze diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) reports from the top 20 "Fortune" 500 companies to particularly examine how these companies use visual design and representation to present an aspirational future that valorizes their current DEI efforts. We contend that if large corporations have the ability to affect outcomes among…
Descriptors: Corporations, Reports, Social Responsibility, Inclusion
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Lisa Melon├žon; Jessica Griffith; Carolyn Gubala; Tanya Zarlengo – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Using an evaluative approach within a professional communication service course, we used student documents and instructor feedback to uncover how students and instructors were understanding the rhetoric student learning outcome (SLO). Because rhetoric is central to the course, our driving questions were, Can we locate language that actualizes the…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Rhetoric, Feedback (Response), College Students
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Emily Barrow DeJeu – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Studies of the grant proposal tend to conflate academic research grant proposals with other kinds of nonprofit grant proposal genres, even though research and nonprofit grant proposals have different audiences and goals. To address this gap, this study draws on the Aristotelian concept of "topoi" (or typical arguments) and uses corpus…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Proposal Writing, Rhetoric, Grants
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Nelson Lamar Reinsch Jr.; Jeanine Warisse Turner – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
We gathered data from business practitioners to learn how they describe successful online business presentations. We found that many--but not all--successful examples were described in terms of classical rhetorical concepts (e.g., source credibility and content). We also found that about 20% of the examples were described as successful because of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Computer Mediated Communication, Speech Communication, Virtual Classrooms
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Tatiana Permyakova; Dmitriy Tulyakov; Ekaterina Balezina – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Currently, the analysis of rhetorical moves is extensively applied to business genre conventions. This paper adopts a corpus-assisted genre approach to compare three major rhetorical moves in corpora of students' and professionals' project proposal abstracts to elicit evidence-based recommendations for the pedagogy of business communication. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Business Communication, Proposal Writing, Student Projects
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Nelson Lamar Reinsch Jr. – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Communication instructors have long insisted on the importance of audience adaptation. But they have said less about (a) the dimensions along which adaptation might proceed or (b) how a student might learn the art of adapting. In this article, I contribute toward addressing these two deficiencies. I suggest a dimension for adaptation - the value…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Teaching Methods, Assignments, Audience Awareness
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Daniel Plung – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Job interviews require applicants to demonstrate two things: experience with direct value to the company and a fit with the team and company culture. A technique is detailed demonstrating how to develop this argument based on aligning credentials with corporate interests, developing advocacy-based themes, and synthesizing material into a…
Descriptors: Employment Interviews, Higher Education, Workplace Learning, Organizational Culture
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D. Joel Whalen; Charles Drehmer; Andrew Cavanaugh – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2024
Artificial intelligence assignments lead this article's 11 teaching innovations selected from the "My Favorite Assignments" presented at the 2023 Association for Business Communication's (ABC's) 88th Annual International Conference held in the Mile-High City: Denver, Colorado, USA. Pedagogy presented here also includes ideas to enhance…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Business Education, Artificial Intelligence, Assignments
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Mehra, Payal – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2023
Data-driven decision making has now moved beyond its traditional domains--operations research, business economics, computer sciences, and business statistics--to "softer subjects," such as human resource management, organization behavior, and business communication. In this context, teaching with technology encourages students to…
Descriptors: Social Media, Teaching Methods, Business Administration Education, Graduate Students
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Sharma, Daneshwar – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2023
Digital communication and digital oratory have become an integral part of today's workplace. This research discusses an innovative assessment tool that uses digital oratory and digital video along with YouTube to create opportunities for the students to develop self-efficacy in digital oratory and public speaking. The measurement of the…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Public Speaking, Video Technology, Telecommunications
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Mathis, Robin Smith; Aust, Philip J. – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2023
Workplace learning initiatives are influenced by perceptions, and negative perceptions hinder organizational innovation and productivity. This exploratory study presents an argument that messages shared among trainees regarding their training experiences shape such perceptions. The application of Symbolic Convergence Theory reveals two discursive…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Work Attitudes, Trainees, Discourse Analysis
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Fuller, Melissa; de Jong, Menno; Kamans, Elanor; Wolfensberger, Marca; van Vuuren, Mark – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2023
Empathy is an important competence for communication professionals. This article investigates two aspects of empathy in an educational setting: the validity of self versus other assessments and the manifestation of empathy in communicative behaviors. Communication students were given a mediating role in discussions with two clients and their…
Descriptors: Empathy, Prosocial Behavior, Business Communication, Interprofessional Relationship
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Whalen, D. Joel; Drehmer, Charles – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2023
This article offers readers 11 classroom teaching innovations presented at the 2022 Association for Business Communication's (ABC's) Annual International Conference. Sessions were held online and on-site in Tampa, Florida, USA. Readers will find unique developments in teaching techniques--all designed to enhance students' communication skill…
Descriptors: Assignments, Conferences (Gatherings), Business Administration Education, Professional Associations
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Sharma, Daneshwar – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2023
Students process information in two modes: cognitive and experiential. Case studies and stories are generally used as tools for experiential information processing. This article uses memes as an instructional tool to deliver information for experiential information processing in a public speaking course. The effectiveness of memes as an…
Descriptors: Humor, Visual Aids, Teaching Methods, Cognitive Processes
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