Reshaping Technical Communication: New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century

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PART
I

REVISING INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA:
CULTURES AND RELATIONSHIPS
As we look forward to the next few decades, the relationship between academic and industry specialists is just one of many ingredients of growth and development in technical communication. However, it is an important one because professionals from both worlds contribute to the substance and identity that technical communicators hold dear within the field and in the outside world. Part I reveals explicit or subtle ways in which the two worlds can earn each other's respect and overcome cultural divisions in order to identify and accomplish shared goals.In examining academic-industry relationships, the Part I contributors focus on complex differences and similarities. They argue that academic and industry specialists need to overcome serious barriers before agreeing on common goals and creating powerful allegiances. With this challenge in mind, the contributors explore such questions as these:
What can be done to overcome cultural barriers between academic and industry worlds, and between the various worlds within industry?
What might broad coalitions do to improve workplace practice from the technical communication perspective?
How can academic and industry researchers ensure that empirical results from studies in both worlds will be relevant and of value to each world?
How can academic and industry specialists reach a consensus perspective, and then strengthen their (united) voice in all stages of work life in workplace contexts?

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