Organizational Communication members seek to expand our understanding of the processes, prospects, and challenges of communicating and organizing in a global society. Our scholarship articulates concepts and theories to better understand these processes, develop the tools needed to investigate them, and helps to implement the social practices to improve them.
We examine how communication shapes and is shaped by organizing across a range of contexts, including health care, community cooperatives, government and non-government agencies, global corporations, profit and not-for-profit organizations, and virtual and geographically co-located work.
We study a variety of multi-level phenomena including: discourse and discursive practices, communication of emotions, leader-follower communication, democratic communicative practices, negotiation and bargaining, group processes and decision making, socialization, power and influence, organizational culture, organizational language and symbolism, communication and conflict, identity and identification, adoption and appropriation of communication technologies, emergence of organizational and inter-organizational networks, and new organizational forms.
We explore these processes from a multiplicity of theoretical perspectives including structuration, feminism, interpretation, performance, cultural theory, postmodernism, post positivism, complexity and self-organizing systems. We utilize eclectic methods including ethnography, discourse analysis, survey methods, network analysis, computational modeling, experiments, content analysis, rhetorical and feminist methods.
We honor Division members' achievements through a variety of awards designed to recognize achievements such as: top paper, top student paper, dissertation, outstanding member, and best interactive display awards. We advance scholarship in our division through doctoral consortia, preconferences focused on specific issues, and spotlight panels on scholars. We advance scholar-practitioner dialogue through panels sponsored by our Academic-Industry Task Force.
Call For Papers
20 September 2015 Submission Deadline Approaching
On February 11-16, 2016 we will host “Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations”, a fortieth anniversary conference. The 2016 conference is part of a tradition of organizational communication scholars coming together for a special occasion to reflect on the arc of their work. It will be the third such conference with each conference separated by twenty years. Holding conferences two decades apart provides an opportunity to consider how the discipline may have made a transition from one idea to another, from one generation of scholars and practitioners to another, and how some ideas have transformed the way scholars and practitioners understand organizational communication. These conference themes encourage scholars to reflect on how the study and practice of the discipline has evolved with special attention to points of transition or transformation.
Similar to earlier conferences, there will be three days of workshops followed by three days of scholarly panels. The workshop topics include customer service communication, groups and team communication, communicating across generations, leadership communication, and patient health communication. Workshops will enroll up to 100 participants. Although scholars attending the second half of the conference can enroll for one or more workshops, most workshop participants will be working professionals rather than academic researchers.
In the days following the workshops, the conference will direct attention to five panels of scholarship organized around Elwood Murray’s five parts of a discipline, a format similar to the previous two conferences. Each of the five three-hour panels will begin with an address by the scholar who reviewed the submissions. Each program will continue with three to five presentations, with fifteen to twenty minutes for each presentation followed by an equal amount of time for discussion. The scholarship portion of the conference will be limited to presenters and no more than one hundred fifty other scholars or practitioners. Below are brief descriptions of conference sessions, information about the chairs of each session, and the submission requirements.
Please come, participate, and enjoy the dialogue. Go to the conference website (http://www.commstudies.txstate.edu/organizational-communication-workshop/home.html), to learn about workshops from 11-13 February (http://www.commstudies.txstate.edu/organizational-communication-workshop/workshop.html), more about the panels and submitting papers, (http://www.commstudies.txstate.edu/organizational-communication-workshop/call-for-papers.html), and to register for workshops or the panel sessions (http://www.commstudies.txstate.edu/organizational-communication-workshop/registration.html). The conference fee includes the costs for an opening night reception, snacks during sessions, and a special lunch on Monday.
All the conference events will be at the newly renovated Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Austin. The hotel is on Town Lake in the heart of Austin, and internationally known chef Shawn Cirkiel prepares the food for the Chavez Restaurant. They are holding rooms for us at a special rate until 14 December 2015. Go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/TexasStateCommunication to make reservations.
Phil Salem, Texas State University and Erik Timmerman, U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
We welcome conceptual pieces and data driven pieces, regardless of methodology, that exemplify conference themes. Specifics for each panel are below. Manuscripts must conform to the format in the APA Publication Manual 6th ed. Manuscripts must be no longer than 25 pages, including tables and references. Send one electronic copy to the chairs noted below. Send one electronic copy from a standard word processing program by 11:59 PM September 20, 2015 to the panel chair and to the conference organizers. Contact Philip Salem, Texas State U, firstname.lastname@example.org or Erik Timmerman, U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, email@example.com for additional information. The chairs and the conference organizers will make final decisions by 1 December 2015.
Panels and Chairs
Organizational Communication Domain
This panel addresses the boundaries and identity of the organizational communication field. What are—and what should become—the important areas of scholarship in organizational communication? What are the potentials for a serious and sustained interrogation of communication in organizational communication scholarship? Papers will address research and thinking on key concepts, constructs, programs, and units of analysis in organizational communication, including examinations of how they have evolved or emerged over time. It also invites analyses considering the interests organizational communication scholarship serves and the productivity of altering conceptual foundations with respect to those interests. Literature reviews, conceptual analyses, and well-developed “thought” pieces are welcomed. Papers could include assessments of traditional topical areas (e.g., networks, power, structure), examinations of emerging concepts (e.g., aesthetic labor, design, branding, dilemmas, difference, materiality, relationality, spirituality), challenges to taken-for-granted constructs and assumptions, explorations of the potential for distinctly communicative forms of explanation and intervention, and evaluations of the consequences for the field of the aforementioned boundary and identity work. Papers should move beyond current knowledge and include recent developments, alternative thinking, or new perspectives on the concept selected. Contact Tim Kuhn, U of Colorado (firstname.lastname@example.org), for further information about this panel.
Organizational Communication Theory
What kinds of theories and approaches do we have for thinking about the role of communication in the process of organizing and how they may have evolved or emerged? Do new communication phenomena and practices require new theories? Essays submitted for this session should include reviews, critiques, and analyses of existing approaches as well as descriptions of original work. The main requirement is that papers should relate aspects of organizational communication and the conference themes. Contact Paul Leonardi, University of California, Santa Barbara (email@example.com) for further information about this panel.
Organizational Communication Research Methods
What are the strengths and weaknesses of our research methods? Research methods are the procedures and processes used to demonstrate or argue for theoretical propositions. Current methods range across a spectrum of quantitative, qualitative, and critical methodologies. Papers for this session should focus on the description, analysis, and evaluation of one or more specific methods or types of methods. The best essays are those that propose new methods or refinements of older methods to improve research related to the conference themes. Contact Keri Stephens, U of Texas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this panel.
Organizational Communication Application
What are the strengths and weaknesses of our methods of applying and translating our knowledge to public audiences? Organizational communication research and theory have valuable implications inside and outside the academy. In education, our work is applied and lived in organizational communication pedagogy, courses of study, and degrees. Outside of education, applications range from our voices being part of pressing public dialogues, our creation of long term organizational design functions, as well as providing workplace training. Essays may describe, analyze, and evaluate applications of organizational communication in relation to any of these aspects of public, applied, and/or pedagogical concerns. Of special interest are those applications or refinements related to the conference themes. Contact Sarah J. Tracy, Arizona State U (Sarah.Tracy@asu.edu ) for further information about this panel.
Organizational Communication Ethics and Responsibilities
How well do organizations and the people in organizations communicate in an ethical and responsible manner? Essays should consider moral, ethical, political, and value issues inherent in organizing practices within and across organizations. Papers might address any of the following: standards for evaluating organizational communication practices; corporate social responsibility initiatives, such as employee well-being programs; alternative, democratic, and social justice focused organizing structures; power, leadership, and decision making; the implications of treating organizations as persons/actors; ethics in global/transnational organizations; and case studies of innovative and responsible organizations and members. Of special interest are those papers that focus on the evolution, transitions, or transformations of communication practices or criteria for ethical and responsible organizational communication. Contact Rebecca J. Meisenbach, University of Missouri (email@example.com) for further information about this panel.