Alternatives Considered But Not Disclosed
Most of us will be able to tell some “adventure stories” from working with presentation software. Presenting results to audiences by using PowerPoint (or similar tools) has becomea widely established standard. Thus, it represents one of the rare technologies that has diffused ho mogenously into thefields of business, academia, education, and even politics, as therecent example of Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 (not only but also) by means of a slideshow has illustrated. How ever, many users would describe their dependency on presentation soft ware as a love and haterelationship – an estimation famously exempli fied by Tufte’s critical essay on PowerPoint. In a very original way, Dennis Schoeneborn’s dissertation points out an aspect that has been neglected in previous discussions on presentation software, but which is highly relevant for the practice of knowledge management in project organizations: To what degree does theusage of presentation software for the function of project documentation influence theeffectiveness of knowledge management strategies that rely on ex actly these presentation documents? It is an outstanding feature of Dennis Schoeneborn’s study that it succeeds in combining streams from a wide range of academic disci plines: thecomparably abstract literature on organizational communica tion and Luhmann’s theory of social systems, on the one hand, and the more pragmatic, down to earth topics such as knowledge management or the application of information and communication technologies in enterprises, on theother hand.