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Complexities in Hybridization: Professional Identities and Relationships in Technical Communication

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Purpose: This article provides a snapshot of how industry leaders currently conceptualize our identities and relationships, as well as some of the challenges we continue to face as a profession.

Method: This study used a modified Delphi method. To gather data, we used two sets of survey questions and two structured interviews.

Results: Technical communicators are functioning as agile, adaptable, and multi-specialists in a broad range of organizational functions. They have become increasingly visible and valuable assets throughout a project lifecycle, and in many cases are able to define their own roles, which include team leadership and management responsibilities.

Conclusion: Technical communicators continue to serve in core functional responsibilities in a wide range of industries.
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Keywords: JOB TITLES; ORGANIZATIONS; PROFESSIONALISM; RELATIONSHIPS; SKILLS; TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2015

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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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