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Communication Audit in Globally Integrated R«U38»D Project Teams

A Linguistic Perspective


Justyna Alnajjar

Communication audit is a relatively new field of research, which has so far been investigated from a managerial point of view. Linguists have not yet researched it. This book summarises existing, mainly managerial, approaches to communication audits and brings to the forefront a linguistic perspective on them. It showcases that their essence is to capture and assess the actual communication behaviour of auditees. The proposed communication audit model, communication audit procedures, and linguistic form sheet can be applied and further developed by scientists interested in taking on research into communication and by practitioners who wish to conduct communication audits in practice.
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Chapter 5: Intercultural Encounters and Specialist Knowledge Transference in Globally Integrated R&D Project Teams


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Chapter 5:  Intercultural Encounters and Specialist Knowledge Transference in Globally Integrated R&D Project Teams

5.0  Opening Remarks

In Chapter 4, I presented the definition of globally integrated R&D project teams, and I described the features of such project teams. Overall, being highly innovative and inherently unpredictable, R&D activities require a great deal of learning and communicating from team members so that knowledge can be successfully transferred on a regular basis. Learning and communicating are closely interrelated, i.e. learning is possible by way of communicating (using texts and participating in discourses). As such, communication plays a crucial role in the learning process of members of globally integrated R&D project teams and thus in knowledge transference within such teams. Therefore, I devote Chapter 5 to the communication behaviour of R&D project team members. In this chapter I elaborate in more detail on linguistic and cultural aspects of communication in globally integrated R&D project teams, and on the competences that members of such teams (should) develop in order to express and reconstruct specialist knowledge and thus participate in R&D projects.

5.1  Intercultural and Interlingual Business Communication and Specialist Knowledge Transference

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