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Positioning Technical Communication for the Creative Economy

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Although technical communication has traditionally positioned itself as a “service profession,” the work technical communicators actually do more closely resembles the complex leadership, management and subject matter work of a “creative” profession. Recent thinking about the practices and curricula of technical communication demonstrates the need to view technical communication as a complex profession that requires a range of skills that allow one to interact with subject matter experts and be subject matter experts ourselves, to manage projects and people, and to lead research and development activities. Technical communicators must be able to generate ideas to produce goods and services that create, teach, and drive technical innovation as well as inspire, design, and cultivate change.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
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