This excerpt uses two common examples of business writing in discussing ways in which information is plagiarized – or not – depending, perhaps upon the view of those in a particular business setting.
There are two worthwhile questions to consider concerning what Nelms tells us about these seemingly plagiarizing practices of business/professional writing.
In a short paragraph, respond to the following questions. Post your paragraph as your response to this discussion topic.
1) Based on your experience, have you seen such practices in your work? Give an example. Why do you think this sort of plagiarizing is rather common in business/professional writing?
2) Where do you think the practice of using the same format, even the same language, for business documents might have come from? Can you think of any examples of when you have noticed the use of what is sometimes called “boilerplate” documents and language?