Organizational Communication in the News

Case Studies of Organizations and Organizational Communication in the Media

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress

The little black dress (or LBD, as it is commonly abbreviated) was a uniform designed to keep certain women in their place. Only later was it co-opted as haute couture … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Epic Fall of Guess Jeans And The Marciano Brothers

Technically, Guess went public in 1996. As far as control goes, though, it remains as much a family-run company–family-dominated, really–as when it was founded in 1981. Mercurial, obsessive and opinionated, … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch

Engaged Capital, a hedge fund that owns a small stake in Abercrombie, issued a public letter in December 2013 calling for Jeffries’s resignation and for the company to consider putting … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Abercrombie Dress Code Enables Discrimination, Insiders Say

Even in the teen fashion industry, where retail workers are expected to wear the style of clothes they sell, Abercrombie & Fitch stands out for its draconian dress code. Company … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fashion’s Victims: An Artist’s Focus On Garment Workers

Tourists gasp. A crowd forms. An off-duty nurse rushes to crouch over one of the bodies. Others call 911 or take photos. And one woman hangs back, observing from afar. She’s … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Techies Break a Fashion Taboo

Silicon Valley has long been known for semiconductors and social networks, not stilettos and socialites. But in a place where the most highly prized style is to appear to ignore … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Temp Worker At Native Intimates Fired For Being ‘Too Hot’

Wearing a form-fitting sequined black dress and black leather, sequin-studded boots, Lauren Odes, 29, said her Orthodox Jewish employers at Native Intimates told her that outfit and others like it … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Skechers agrees to pay $50 million to settle toning-shoe cases

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana said they improved his strength and posture. Celebrity Kim Kardashian boasted they allowed her to ditch her personal trainer. But federal and state officials said … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

J.C. Penney Earnings 1Q 2012: Retailer Has Huge Loss After Strategy Shift

The department-store chain on Tuesday reported a larger-than-expected first-quarter loss largely because customers were turned off by the retailer’s new plan to get rid of big sales throughout the year … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · Leave a comment


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