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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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Part Two: Understanding Communication within Globally Integrated R&D Project Teams


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Part Two:  Understanding Communication within Globally Integrated R&D Project Teams

In Part Two, attention focuses on the characteristics of globally integrated R&D project teams and on the manner in which they communicate. I begin with the definition and characteristics of such teams, based on literature on the subject. In order to better explain how globally integrated R&D project teams work, I present the basics of traditional project management as presented in the PMBOK Guide, and I discuss the aspects of agile project management, which are applied to the execution of R&D projects (Chapter 4). Following this, in Chapter 5 I discuss how members of globally integrated R&D project teams ‘share’ knowledge, by way of communicating. There is special focus on the linguistic and cultural aspects of communication and thus of knowledge transference. These theoretical considerations are then, in Chapter 6, showcased via examples from the practices of selected Polish-German R&D project teams, particularly emails and project meetings. These findings, in tandem with characteristics of the communication audit available in literature on the subject (see Part One of the book), will be used in order to develop a communication audit model and communication audit procedures for the purposes of globally integrated R&D project teams (see Part Three). ← 143 | 144 →

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