Who We Are

OrgComInTheNews was set up in 2011 by Rahul Mitra (Wayne State University), who was completing his PhD at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at the Wayne State University at the time. He was looking for a resource that gathered “real world” organizational case studies that were not too far into the past, nor fictional, so that his undergraduate students would be able to identify the problems and promises of organizational communication more readily. Realizing that even the most up-to-date case study books would age eventually, he wanted to create a dynamic repository of organizational cases. Thanks to the help and support of Jeremy Fyke (Belmont University), who was also in the PhD program at Purdue University, OrgComInTheNews was born.

Learn more about our current editors and let us know if you’d like to get involved.

Boston, 2011

Rahul Mitra (Ph.D., Purdue University) is Associate Professor at Wayne State University. His research focuses on environmental organizing, corporate sustainability, and career/work discourses. Topics of interest include: sustainable business discourses, corporate social responsibility, leadership, career and meaningful work, and workplace equity issues (related to gender, sexuality, race, etc.). His academic work can be viewed here, and he can be reached at rahul.mitra@wayne.edu. You can also follow him on twitter @rahulmitra.

New York, 2011
New York, 2011

Jamie McDonald (Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is an organizational communication scholar who specializes in issues related to identity, difference, and organizing. His research has examined topics such as the underrepresentation of women in computing and information technology work, the gender identity negotiation of nursing students, the experiences of international faculty in U.S. academia, resource centers for undocumented students on U.S. college campuses, researcher reflexivity in qualitative research, and feminist and queer approaches to organizing. He can be reached at james.mcdonald@utsa.edu.

Deepa Oommen (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of intercultural and organizational communication. She has examined topics such as adaptation to new cultural contexts, intercultural communication apprehension, conflict management, marginalization and dissent expression, organizational identification, and superior-subordinate relationships. She can be reached at deepa.oommen@mnsu.edu.

Ariadne A. Gonzalez (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication at Texas A&M International University. Her research and teaching interests are in organizational communication. Her research centers on issues of difference and identity focusing on immigrant and transnational workers’ work-life experiences and the negotiation of workers’ occupational identity among Latinx, immigrant and transnational workers. She is also interested in the organizing efforts and community building among promotoras (community health workers) and undocumented immigrant workers along the Texas-México border. She can be reached at ariadnea.gonzalez@tamiu.edu

8 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Ditto for me! My Org Comm students used it a lot last quarter for their online discussions and we referenced the site a lot in class. Please keep it up!

    1. Thank you, Karen! 🙂 We’re actually developing our “Resources” section, and we’d love it if you had some class/teaching assignments or ideas that you’d like to share with other org-com faculty! You can email us at orgcomNDnews@gmail.com

  2. What a fantastic website! My Org Comm students used it for a couple of their assignment this spring semester. Thanks and keep it up!

    1. Thank you Ari! We much appreciate your comment. If you have any more suggestions, or would like to be involved in this project with us, drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you.

  3. I have always valued Organizational Communication in the News because it alerts me to things I don’t necessarily see otherwise. For example, what Jamie recently shared about the new office workplace and telework is really useful. Keep up the great work everyone and thanks for providing this valuable resource.

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