Menno D.T. de Jong – This editorial addresses the relationship between the fields of technical communication and corporate and organizational communication. It concludes that there are several areas of mutual interest and that the field of corporate and organizational communication has several opportunities for technical communicators.
In 2010, 66 practitioners and scholars have contributed to the success of the journal by reviewing one or more manuscripts, often providing the authors with many useful suggestions to further improve their contributions. Many thanks for your insights and efforts.
Sherry Southard, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Recent & Relevant section, which highlights and summarizes articles in related journals that may be of interest to technical communication professionals and scholars.
Avon J. Murphy, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Book Reviews section covering the most relevant new books in the field. In this issue 33 new books are reviewed.
Sam Dragga – This article analyzes three corporate codes of conduct, focusing on the questions of whether they distinguish between legal and ethical issues and whether they stress compliance or cooperation. The codes of conduct do not effectively inspire or stipulate ethical behavior. Technical communicators may be qualified to further develop this important corporate genre.
James Melton – This article describes a case study exploring a U.S. team's adaptation of organizational training for Japanese audiences, with a special focus on the social and physical spaces in which the training took place. The results demonstrate the importance of spaces in intercultural communication.
Michael J. Albers and John F. Marsella – This article describes a study of the comprehensive editing skills of undergraduate technical editing students. On the basis of the results, recommendations are given for technical communication programs. It seems important to pay more attention to overall document structure and the structure of sections within a document.
Daniel D. Ding – On the basis of interviews, a survey, and observation, this article describes the characteristics of a technical communication program in China. It shows that the program is fundamentally different in many respects from western technical communication programs.