Movements in Organizational Communication: Current Issues and Future Directions
Co-editors of this website (OrgComInTheNews), Jamie McDonald and Rahul Mitra, are excited to share this edited volume, published with Routledge and out in print March 2019. (Purchase the book HERE.) This book is the culmination of our vision for a volume that tackled state-of-the-art organizational communication research and related them to everyday events, in a way that felt more accessible for students. The book contains 13 chapters (in addition to the Introduction and Conclusion) that address crucial subjects, such as leadership, business ethics and CSR, identity and branding, negotiating organizational structures, workplace socialization and organizational culture, etc. Each chapter is coauthored by at least two writers, both established and emerging scholars, who narrate their personal journey and why they study what they do. They explain what MOVES them to do their work, so that new readers can discover their own spark for organizational communication! Also, check out the online resources for the book HERE, including sample course syllabus (for both MA-only and MA&PhD graduate seminars) and suggested case studies from another recent volume to align with our book’s chapters!
Cases in Organizational and Managerial Communication: Stretching Boundaries
Check out this wonderful case study book edited by OrgComInTheNews co-founder Jeremy Fyke, along with Jeralyn L. Faris and Patrice M. Buzzanell. (Purchase the book HERE.) Cases delve into organizing structures, relationships, and visions for global not-for-profits, hybrid, creative industry, and entrepreneurial organizations. Some cases are “positive” in orientation and display exemplars of organizations that have qualities to emulate. Others display “destructive” elements and processes (e.g., dysfunctional leadership, workplace bullying). Furthermore, the cases reflect an awareness of the necessity of intercultural communication competencies, emphasizing communication in multicultural contexts (e.g., China, India, Africa, Russia).
What is Organizational Communication? (ANIMATION VIDEO)
CU-Boulder’s Matt Koschmann is an enthusiastic proponent of using animation to teach organizational communication. His team has produced this amazing piece, titled “What is Organizational Communication?” The piece is accompanied by a write-up as well, and will be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association at Orlando, FL, in November 2012. As you can also read here, “For Koschmann, animation holds a multitude of benefits and was the answer to a standing question: how to make the screen more engaging.”
How to use Case Studies (PDF)
Charlie Conrad (Texas A&M U.) and Marshall Scott Poole (U. of Illinois) have graciously shared a section on Using Case Studies, from their recently released book Strategic Organizational Communication: In a Global Economy (Publishers: Wiley). This 8-page PDF file is a fantastic resource for org-com faculty planning out their classes and looking for different ways to use case studies. Dr. Conrad also shared his insights with us while at the “Possibilities of Case Study Communication” roundtable panel at the Central States Communication Association, 2013.
Org-Com Podcasts & Course Packs (AUDIO & PDFS)
Management Communication Quarterly (MCQ) often publishes vanguard organizational communication research; little known, however, is its trove of podcasts discussing org-com “key concepts” and course packs for teaching, which can be VERY useful for instructors. Have a look for yourselves! From MCQ’s webpage: “MCQ publishes conceptually rigorous, empirically-driven, and practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences.”
Org-Com Syllabus, Case Studies, Teaching Assignments (PDFS)
THIS is a great site, accompanying George Cheney, Lars Christensen, Ted Zorn and Shiv Ganesh‘s (2003) book, Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization: Issues, Reflections, Practices. The site features some excellent syllabi, case studies and other teaching resources, and links to relevant conferences/organizations.
Book Lists (URL)
At some point or the other, you’ll inevitably be looking for organizational communication textbooks to use in your (new?) class. While it’s helpful to ask around on Facebook and in your own department what’s a great book to employ, trolling through Amazon.com’s list of books titled “Organization Communication” couldn’t hurt either, right? 🙂 I like this link because it updates automatically as new books become available on Amazon; also, because it lists both the prices and ratings by readers, so you can scan all of that in a quick glance. (This information does not appear on the Google Books page, at least as of 5/21/12).
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