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Single Sourcing and Chinese Culture: A Perspective on Skills Development Within Western Organizations and the People’s Republic of China

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This article lists fundamental skills of single sourcing as a framework for cross-cultural study. It then discusses the current state of technical communication within the People’s Republic of China and analyzes key Chinese cultural values compatible with single sourcing. Then it presents findings from the 2002 Professional Communication Exchange with the People’s Republic of China and reports on a skills survey conducted among Chinese and U.S. participants. Finally, the article proposes single sourcing as a basis for further collaboration with Chinese technical communicators and educators in academe and industry.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-08-01

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