Professor Priscilla Rogers Earns Best Article Award
She writes about subordinate politeness while reporting to superiors.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Priscilla Rogers, associate professor of business communication at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and Song Mei Lee-Wong, formerly with the Nanyang Business School in Singapore, were recently awarded the "Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication" from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for their article "Reconceptualizing Politeness to Accommodate Dynamic Tensions in Subordinate-to-Superior Reporting."
Originally published in the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Business & Technical Communication, their article is based on research identifying tensions that occur as subordinates try to maintain a sufficient degree of politeness while reporting to superiors on workplace tasks.
The framework evolved from a series of analyses of two samples—an e-mail between international project teams and their domestically located supervisors, and Asian and American business undergraduates' responses to two workplace scenarios involving critiquing a superior's work.
Rogers' research focuses on improving the management of communications that are critical for business. In 1999, she received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Association for Business Communication.
NCTE was formed in 1911 and is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. It has over 60,000 members and subscribers in the United States and other countries.
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