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Alternatives Considered But Not Disclosed

The Ambiguous Role of PowerPoint in Cross-Project Learning

Authors: Schoeneborn, Dennis

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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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Dr. Dennis Schoeneborn holds a doctoral degree in media management from Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany). In his current research, he concentrates on the communicative constitution of organizations.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alternatives Considered But Not Disclosed
Book Subtitle
The Ambiguous Role of PowerPoint in Cross-Project Learning
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Deutscher Universitätsverlag
Copyright Holder
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden
eBook ISBN
978-3-8350-5528-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-8350-5528-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-8350-7011-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 184
Additional Information
Erscheint im Programm VS RESEARCH.
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