Coordinating Distributed Memory: An Environmental Engineer’s Proposal-Writing Process Using a Product Calculator

Kristin Marie Bivens, Kelli Cargile Cook

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Abstract

This case study of an environmental engineer’s proposal-writing process reveals how the engineer (Beatrice) reifies, archives, and accesses her distributed memory across physical and digital sources in order to write proposals. Based on the authors’ observations of Beatrice’s proposal-writing process and their interviews with her, they arrived at three key conclusions: Beatrice distributes her memory across multiple physical and digital sources, the (spreadsheet) product calculator helps Beatrice to manage her cognitive load and relieve her working memory, and the product calculator allows Beatrice to reassemble her distributed memory and coordinate her cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-307
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Keywords

  • distributed cognition
  • engineering communication
  • memory
  • proposal writing

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