Seven Ways of Looking at Document Cycling

Sam DeKay’s 2007 article “Collaborative Writing, Document Cycling, and Gatekeeping in a Fortune 500 Company: A Case Study and its Implications for Business Communication Instructors” provides a great insider look at the way documents move through an established, sophisticated corporate environment. The article introduces readers to two writers; one of these writers, Dan, develops and revises policy that receives feedback and approval from a variety of different stakeholders. DeKay’s description of Dan’s document cycling process is fascinating, but the article doesn’t provide any illustrations to accompany the description. To remedy the situation, the seven students in UAHuntsville’s Technical Editing graduate seminar produced visualizations of Dan’s document cycling process. Produced by computer and by hand, the visualizations each provide a unique representation of the process. Check out Document Cycling Illustration #1 below and click on the links for the remaining six illustrations.

 

Document Cycling Illustration #2

Document Cycling Illustration #3

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Document Cycling Illustration #7

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