Hi, I’m currently assigned for a Technical Writing class to research my
profession of choice, which is Game Programming. What I’m asked is to
research a professional organization from a current empoyee standpoint.
I’m hoping someone will be willing to help me out with this.
I’ve listed the recommended information that should be included in my 7
Research:Your research on organizational culture and writing should
include the following if possible:
Documents: mission statements, annual reports, statements of shared
values, training manuals,
day-to-day memos, reports, and web sites. Study these for content,
format, design, and implied
Oral rhetoric is as important as written rhetoric in many careers,
so you may include verbal
communication styles as a part of your research.
Rules and regulations, whether implicit or explicit. For example,
how much control do employees
have over their work? How much individual initiative is encouraged?
Rewards. How are work incentives defined and allocated?
Stories that circulate around the company about “heroes” and
“heroines,” or legends about past
incidents or employees.
Jokes or pranks that circulate around the company.
Any rites or rituals the company observes, for example, “dress-down”
days, company picnics, teams,
or initiation rituals for new employees.
The design of the organization’s physical spaces.
The general political climate of the organization–is it conservative,
Any other indications of organizational culture, such as the division of
power among employees,
issues of race, class, gender, what people wear to work, and so on.
Make note of cultural artifacts, such as cartoons, etc. people hang up
around the office, cubicle
décor, or personal items displayed on desks.
Available books, articles, and web materials to help you analyze the
culture and preferred
writing/communication styles of your chosen profession.
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It sounds like you would need to physically visit a company and embed
yourself into it for awhile to understand all of these things. In short,
you should do an internship :D
But seriously, I’m not sure what you’re asking for by coming to an
online forum with this…
Sounds to me like you could anser a lot of the questions by reading old
threads of this forum. Mostly the Lounge, since the questions don’t seem
Do you need to research one single organization? In that case you might
need to interview someone.