Collaborative Business Writing Skills (E1181)


Collaborative Business Writing Skills

In this course participants will learn how Collaborative Business writing utilizes the talent and knowledge of several individuals to create one final piece of work.They will be provided with an understanding of the processes and tools required for successful collaborative writing.

Collaborative writing is often simply defined as a project or piece of work that is created by a multiple of people combined together. It has become especially useful in many companies that prefer employees to work together on a project or require a large assignment to be divided into smaller parts in order to be accomplished on time

Since collaborative writing in the workplace can be done by several different employees, the final work can feature several different views, aspects and opinions that may not be seen if the job had been completed by one person. This concept is also helpful when companies have large projects to finish, since it can be broken down into several ‘parts’ for team members to complete individually.

Writing and communication skills have degraded with more and more people communicating through email and instant messaging. Developing writing skills is still important in the business world as is creating proper documents (such as proposals, reports, and agendas) giving you that extra edge in the workplace.

The Collaborative Business Writing workshop will give participants the knowledge and skills to collaborate with others and create that important document. Participants will touch on the types of collaboration, and ways to improve them through certain tools and processes. These basic skills will provide your participants with that extra benefit in the business world that a lot of people are losing.

Course Objectives:
• Define collaborative business writing
• Know different types of collaborative writing
• Know how to collaborate with team members
• Learn methods of handling conflict in writing
• Build collaborative writing teams

Course Modules:

Module One: Getting Started
Workshop Objectives

Module Two: What is Collaborative Business Writing?
Clarifying the Objective
Practical Writing Approaches
Collaborative Writing Strategies
Collaborative Writing Patterns
Case Study
Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: Types of Collaborative Business Writing
Construction – “Cut and Paste”
Parallel Construction – “Puzzle”
Sequential Summative Construction
Integrating Construction
Case Study
Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Collaborative Team Members
Team Leader Selection
Chief Editor Selection
Characteristics of Team Members
Ways to Build Collaborative Writing Team
Case Study
Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: Collaborative Tools and Processes
Outlines and Storyboards
Collaborative Planning
Collaborative Revision
Collaborative Team Cohesion
Case Study
Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Setting Style Guidelines
Voice and Person
Consistent Spelling of Commonly Used Words
Numbers as Words or Figures
Case Study
Module Six: Review Questions

Module Seven: Barriers to Successful Collaborative Writing
Knowledge Transfer
Case Study
Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: Overcoming Collaborative Writing Barriers
Practice T-shaped Management
Building a Network of Alliances
Implementing Enablers
Assessing the Culture and Areas for Improvement
Case Study
Module Eight: Review Questions

Module Nine: Styles of Dealing with Conflict
Ensure that Good Relationships are the First Priority
Keep People and Problems Separate
Pay Attention to the Interests that are Being Presented
Listen First, Talk Second
Case Study
Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Tips for Successful Business Writing Collaboration
Determine Purpose
Formulate Outline and Organizational Format
When Choosing a Team Leader, Remember…
Assign Writing Tasks and Associated Duties
Case Study

Module Ten: Review Questions
Module Eleven: Examples of Collaborative Business Writing
Writing Emails
Writing Reports
Writing Training Manuals
Writing Company Handbooks
Case Study

Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up
Words from the Wise

  • Collaborative Business Writing
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever