Collaborative Business Writing Course Outline

Module One: Getting Started

  • Housekeeping Items
  • Pre-Assignment Review
  • Workshop Objectives
  • The Parking Lot
  • Action Plan

Module Two: What is Collaborative Business Writing?

  • Clarifying the Objective
  • Practical Writing Approaches
  • Collaborative Writing Strategies
  • Collaborative Writing Patterns
  • Case Study
  • Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: Types of Collaborative Business Writing

  • Parallel Construction – ‘cut and paste’
  • Parallel Construction – ‘puzzle’
  • Sequential Summative Construction
  • Integrating Construction
  • Case Study
  • Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Collaborative Team Members

  • Team Leader Selection
  • Chief Editor Designation
  • Characteristics of Team Members
  • Ways to Build Collaborative Writing Team
  • Case Study
  • Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: Collaborative Tools and Processes

  • Outlines and Storyboards
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Collaborative Revision
  • Collaborative Team Cohesion
  • Case Study
  • Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Setting Style Guidelines

  • Voice and Person
  • Format
  • Consistent Spelling of Commonly Used Words
  • Numbers as Words or Figures
  • Case Study
  • Module Six: Review Questions
Module Seven: Barriers to Successful Collaborative Writing

  • Hoarding
  • Innovation
  • Search
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Case Study
  • Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: Overcoming Collaborative Writing Barriers

  • Practicing T-shaped Management
  • Building Network of Alliances
  • Implementing Enablers
  • Assessing the Culture and Areas for Improvement
  • Case Study
  • Module Eight: Review Questions

Module Nine: Styles of Dealing with Conflict

  • Ensure that Good Relationships are the First Priority
  • Keep People and Problems Separate
  • Pay Attention to the Interests that are Being Presented
  • Listen First, Talk Second
  • Case Study
  • Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Tips for Successful Business Writing Collaboration

  • Determine Purpose
  • Formulate Outline and Organizational Format
  • Selection of Team Leader
  • Assign Writing Tasks and Associated Duties
  • Case Study
  • Module Ten: Review Questions

Module Eleven: Examples of Collaborative Business Writing

  • Writing Emails
  • Writing Reports
  • Writing Training Manuals
  • Writing Company Handbooks
  • Case Study
  • Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

  • Words From The Wise
  • Review Of The Parking Lot
  • Lessons Learned
  • Recommended Reading
  • Completion Of Action Plans And Evaluations