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Emerald Article: Challenges in collaborative writing in the contemporary corporation Kerryn Colen, Roslyn Petelin

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To cite this document: Kerryn Colen, Roslyn Petelin, (2004),"Challenges in collaborative writing in the contemporary corporation", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 9 Iss: 2 pp. 136 - 145 Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13563280410534339 Downloaded on: 29-09-2012 References: This document contains references to 44 other documents Citations: This document has been cited by 3 other documents To copy this document: permissions@emeraldinsight.com This document has been downloaded 1601 times since 2005. *

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Challenges in collaborative writing in the contemporary corporation Kerryn Colen and Roslyn Petelin
School of English, Media Studies, and Art History, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia Keywords Group writing, Organizations, Workplace Abstract Collaborative writing is pervasive in the contemporary corporate workplace. North American research reports that nine out of ten business professionals produce some of their documents as part of a team. As workplace writers seek to meet the business goals of their employers, and further their own careers, they require sophisticated skills in joining with other writers to collaboratively produce documents. Taking advantage of the benefits, and meeting the challenges of this demand, requires corporate and academic communities to collaborate: to address gaps in the knowledge about collaborative writing and to train and develop competent collaborative writers.

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Introduction In 1754, the first American political cartoon – a woodcut drawing of a snake in pieces, each representing a colonial government – appeared in The Pennsylvania Gazette. Entitled “Join, or die”, the cartoon was based on the superstition that a severed snake would come to life if the pieces were re-joined (“Archiving early America”, n.d.). In contemporary organizations, the survival (both retention and progression) of...
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