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A study of communication based on real interactions in New Zealand workplaces
In 1996, a team of researchers at Victoria University of Wellington began an innovative study of spoken communication in New Zealand workplaces.
The aims of the project are to:
The project team began collecting recordings of workplace interactions in 1996 in four government organisations: the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Ministry of Māori Development (Te Puni Kōkiri), the Ministry of Forestry, and the Education and Training Support Agency (Wellington Regional Office).
In 2006, we received funding to continue our research,
focussing in particular on the language of leadership in
Volunteers in each organisation taped everyday work-related meetings or discussions in government policy units, management groups, project teams, factory production teams and small businesses. They also recorded some telephone calls and social conversations, and the project team videotaped a number of larger, more formal meetings from most workplaces.
So far the team has collected approximately 1,500 interactions involving a total of 450 people in 20 different workplaces, though some are as short as 20 seconds, and others are several hours long.
Holmes, Janet (2000) Victoria University's Language in the Workplace Project: An Overview, Language in the Workplace Occasional Papers 1.
We would like to thank all those organisations and people who have been involved in the Project so far. Your contributions have been invaluable to the research we have been able to carry out to date and the success of the Project in the long run.
Our current research is funded by a Marsden grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand. In previous years we have received grants from the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and Victoria University of Wellington