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Alternatives considered but not disclosed: the ambiguous role of PowerPoint in cross-project learning


Schoeneborn, D (2008). Alternatives considered but not disclosed: the ambiguous role of PowerPoint in cross-project learning. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Abstract

Powerfully driven by the work practices of consulting firms, the presentation software Microsoft PowerPoint is increasingly used on all levels of business and educational communication. Nevertheless, slideware ranks among the least explored media in communication studies. This study investigates the role of PowerPoint in organizational communication, particularly in terms of a functional dilemma between its application for documentation as opposed to presentation purposes. The theoretical part of the analysis combines insights from both organizational communication studies (J. R. Taylor et al.) and social systems theory (N. Luhmann et al.). The empirical analysis shows that PowerPoint documents created for cross-project learning purposes contribute to an invisibilization rather than a visibilization of decision processes and their contingency. In the light of these results, existing efforts to promote knowledge management based on the learning-from-mistakes principle need to be reconsidered with respect to their realization in communicative practice.

Abstract

Powerfully driven by the work practices of consulting firms, the presentation software Microsoft PowerPoint is increasingly used on all levels of business and educational communication. Nevertheless, slideware ranks among the least explored media in communication studies. This study investigates the role of PowerPoint in organizational communication, particularly in terms of a functional dilemma between its application for documentation as opposed to presentation purposes. The theoretical part of the analysis combines insights from both organizational communication studies (J. R. Taylor et al.) and social systems theory (N. Luhmann et al.). The empirical analysis shows that PowerPoint documents created for cross-project learning purposes contribute to an invisibilization rather than a visibilization of decision processes and their contingency. In the light of these results, existing efforts to promote knowledge management based on the learning-from-mistakes principle need to be reconsidered with respect to their realization in communicative practice.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:09 Feb 2009 15:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:55
Publisher:VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Number of Pages:198
ISBN:978-3-8350-7011-0
Additional Information:Es handelt sich hierbei um die Dissertation von D. Schoeneborn. Das Buch beinhaltet ein Geleitwort von Prof. Dr. Alexander T. Nicolai.
Official URL:http://www.vs-verlag.de/index.php;do=show/sid=177149357749903c2d07a5b625129386/site=w/book_id=11461

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