A Taxonomy of Collaborative Writing to Improve Empirical Research, Writing Practice, and Tool Development

Journal of Business Communication (JBC), Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 66-99, 2004

59 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2005 Last revised: 31 Aug 2009

Paul Benjamin Lowry

The University of Hong Kong - School of Business

Aaron Mosiah Curtis

Brigham Young University Hawaii

Michelle Rene Lowry

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This article provides a taxonomy of, nomenclature for, and discussion of issues related to collaborative writing. Our goal is to enhance its research, improve its application in academia and industry, and help produce technologies that better support collaborative writing. To write collaboratively and build sup- portive technologies, practitioners and academics need to use a consistent nomenclature and taxonomy of collaborative writing. This article defines key collaborative writing terms and builds a taxonomy, including collaborative writing activities, strategies, control modes, work modes, and roles. This article stresses that effective choices in group awareness, participation, and coordination are critical to successful collaborative writing outcomes, and that these outcomes may be promoted through collaborative writing software, chat software, face-to-face meetings, and group processes.

Keywords: collaborative writing, taxonomy, collaboration, group awareness, collaborative writing software

Suggested Citation

Lowry, Paul Benjamin and Curtis, Aaron Mosiah and Lowry, Michelle Rene, A Taxonomy of Collaborative Writing to Improve Empirical Research, Writing Practice, and Tool Development (2004). Journal of Business Communication (JBC), Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 66-99, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=666141

Paul Benjamin Lowry (Contact Author)

The University of Hong Kong - School of Business ( email )

Meng Wah Complex
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong
China

Aaron Mosiah Curtis

Brigham Young University Hawaii

55-220 Kulanui Street
Laie, HI 96762
United States

Michelle Rene Lowry

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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