|Chapter title||Reflections of professional practice: using electronic discourse analysis networks (EDANs) to examine embedded business emails|
Emails have become a central genre in business communication, reflecting both how people communicate and how they go about their professional practices. This chapter examines embedded business emails as reflections of the professional practices of the regulatory and policy department of a multinational based in London, UK. It argues that the nature of online communication in international organisations, with its high levels of intertextuality and interdiscursivity, requires multidimensional analytical approaches that are capable of capturing its complexity and dynamics. To this end, the chapter introduces electronic discourse analysis networks (EDANs) as one example of such approaches. It begins with a brief review of the literature that has informed the study reported on here before it discusses EDANs as its analytical framework. Using a group of embedded emails and a number of networked data sets, the chapter shows how EDANs can be used to further our understanding of professional online communication.
|Book title||Innovative Methods and Technologies for Electronic Discourse Analysis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4426-7.ch015|