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IEEE PCs Professional Engineering Communication #1: Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communicationby Han (edt) Yu
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Discusses the challenges of intercultural communication in engineering, technical, and related professional fields
Given today's globalized technical and engineering environment, intercultural communication is an essential topic for engineers, other technical professionals, and technical communicators to learn. Engineering programs, in particular, need to think about how to address the ABET requirement for students to develop global competence and communication skills. This book will help readers learn what intercultural communication is like in the workplace—which is an important first step in gaining intercultural competence.
Through narratives based on the real experiences of working professionals, Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication covers a range of design, development, research, and documentation projects—offering an authentic picture of today's international workplace. Narrative contributors present firsthand experience and perspectives on the complexities and challenges of working with multicultural team members, international vendors, and diverse customers; additional suggested readings and discussion questions provide students with information on relevant cultural factors and invite them to think deeply and critically about the narratives.
This collection of narratives:
A book unlike any other in its field, Negotiating Cultural Encounters is ideal for all engineering and technical communication professionals seeking to better communicate their ideas and thoughts in the multicultural workplaces of the world.
In today's global economy, effective intercultural communication is a critical skill for engineers and other technical experts. This timely book uses a narrative approach to present the challenges of intercultural communication in engineering, technical, and related professional fields. Each contributor offers first-hand experience and perspectives on the complexities and challenges of working with multicultural teams, international vendors, and diverse customers. Narratives cover a range of design, development, research, and documentation projects, and offer an authentic picture of the global workplace.
About the Author
HAN YU is an Associate Professor of Technical Writing and Professional Communication in the English Department at Kansas State University. Dr. Yu has published numerous journal articles within this area.
GERALD SAVAGE is Professor Emeritus and former Internship Director and Technical Writing Program Director in the English Department at Illinois State University. Dr. Savage has published numerous books and articles on technical communication.
Table of Contents
A Note from the Series Editor xiii
CHAPTER 1 Changing Times, Changing Style Guides 17
CHAPTER 2 Concinnity of Assorted Nuts 41
CHAPTER 3 Learning Curve 61
CHAPTER 4 Lost in Translation 81
CHAPTER 5 Collective Learning in East Africa: Building and Transferring Technical Knowledge in Livestock Production 103
CHAPTER 6 That's Worth Waiting For: GLDD's Spanish JSA Booklet 123
CHAPTER 7 Making Excellence a Habit across Intercultural Barriers 143
CHAPTER 8 Crash of Cultures 167
CHAPTER 9 Collaboration on a Pan-European Project Spanning 35 National Research and Education Networks across the European Union 185
CHAPTER 10 Are Chinese Documents Ready for Global Audiences? 209
CHAPTER 11 Subject Matter Expert Meets Technical Communicator: Stories of Mestiza Consciousness in the Automotive Industry 227
CHAPTER 12 My Life as an EFL Trainer/Technical Translator in Shanghai, China 247
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