Organizational Communication in the News

Case Studies of Organizations and Organizational Communication in the Media

This CEO thinks it’s crazy to work more than 40 hours a week

If you didn’t know better, you’d think Jason Fried is more of a slacker than a CEO. Fried chooses to do less, not more. He doesn’t set goals. He’ll get back … Continue reading

December 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Google’s “Shadow Workforce” Has Demands

Every day, tens of thousands of “TVCs”—internal lingo for temporary staffers, independent vendors, and contractors—show up for work at Google. As with so many organizations, Google’s workforce is composed of … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Inside Story Of Papa John’s Toxic Culture

Two years ago John Schnatter fancied himself untouchable. He was CEO of Papa John’s, the nationwide pizza chain he founded, and served as its ubiquitous TV pitchman. The business had grown … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Airlines Tell Trump Administration Not To Use Their Flights To Separate Families

Several major airlines have asked the government to stop using their flights to transport children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy. American Airlines issued … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

What Two Starbucks Employees Made of the Company’s Anti-Bias Training

In April [2018], two men visited a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia, for a business meeting. First, they were refused a request to use the bathroom before they’d ordered, and then an … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fired Via Tweet, Text And Voicemail: Loss Of Job, And Respect

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly found out he had been fired via Twitter. Last summer, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was canned in similar fashion. And … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Starbucks Achieved 100% Equal Pay In The United States

That quick cup of coffee from Starbucks just got a little sweeter. Starbucks Coffee announced yesterday that after a decade of work, the iconic coffee corporation has achieved equal pay for all their … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

It does require a fairly dystopian strain of doublethink for a company to celebrate how hard and how constantly its employees must work to make a living, given that these … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Women in Architecture Have Their Own Shitty Men List

For women in architecture, the news about Meier (and his penchant for bathrobes) was already familiar through the whisper network. Meier’s acclaim, combined with a reported decade of unchecked behavior, was, for … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

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