Project Management as a Global Trend for Organization Work: Implications for Technical Communication Project Management tools and processes offer a visual approach to producing knowledge about a project in order to complete it. As project management practices are used with increasing frequency in multination and global companies, understanding the power of visual rhetoric, genre and writing processes in the context of project management documentation can be an advantage for technical communicators. In addition, project management tools and online documentation spaces are objects which cross-cultural teams use to function. This presentation will explore the potential of Project Management to be tightly integrated in Technical Communication curricula through a communications approach to project management. Questions for discussion include: How tightly is project management integrated into different technical communication programs? Can technical communicators use project management documents as a site for practicing visual rhetoric in order to produce knowledge about a project? How does the connection between rhetoric, knowledge, cross-cultural teams and documentation genres offer a potential capstone subject for a technical communication curriculum?
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Council for Programs in Technical and Cientific Communication 36th Annual Meeting, 2009