Combining genres: How practice matters

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Abstract

The notion of a genre system typically connotes sequences of interrelated communicative genres. This paper suggests that we can find other types of relationships among genres. Data from a field study in a large emergency room illustrates how doctors, nurses, and clerical staff routinely combine document genres not only in sequences, but also in accumulations achieved by proximity or through movement. The combinations of genres add flexibility to the ER staff's genre use and allow them to employ individual genres for several purposes. The data allows us to explore how organizational members manage the tension between continuity in genre expectations and a need for flexibility in regard to paper-based and digital media. In addition, it demonstrates how end-users often tinker with genres' materiality and form in the process of affording or constraining combinations among specific genres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06
Pages50a
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 17 2006
Event39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06 - Kauai, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2006Jan 7 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06
CountryUnited States
CityKauai, HI
Period1/4/061/7/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Østerlund, C. S. (2006). Combining genres: How practice matters. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06 (pp. 50a). [1579388] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; Vol. 3). https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2006.88