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On writing, technical communication, and information technology: The core competencies of technical communication

  title={On writing, technical communication, and information technology: The core competencies of technical communication},
  author={William Hart-Davidson},
  journal={Technical Communication: Journal of the Society for Technical Communication},
  • W. Hart-Davidson
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • Technical Communication: Journal of the Society for Technical Communication
ion Finding and articulating patterns, structures, and relationships in large amounts of information that is typically amassed but either unstructured or structured in ways that limit the use of the information (p. 260) System Thinking Finding and articulating patterns, structures, and relationships across specific problems, projects, and task domains; moving from tactical to strategic thinking that can impact large social structures such as the enterprise, the market, the community, the state… 

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