Organizational Communication, Volume 1

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Sage, Apr 6, 2006 - Business & Economics - 2048 pages
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The field of organizational communication has mushroomed in the past three decades. Originally viewed as a spin-off from management and organizational psychology, organizational communication is now a major area of research, education, and practice.

Studies in organizational communication focus on the messages, meanings, patterns of communication, discourse, and symbols as they aid in defining the nature of organizations. In effect, organizational communication scholars study the dynamic interplay between communication processes and human organizing.

This volume assembles in one collection the major works that form the building blocks of organizational communication studies. It chronicles the development of the field through articles that were influential in setting agendas and charting the course of research. Focusing on both mainstream and innovative topics, these volumes contain major works that cross five main arenas of the field, divided as follows:

Volume 1: History and Theoretical Perspectives-- covering articles that review the history of the field and formative studies on communication systems;

Volume 2: Communication Patterns, Structures, and Images -featuring articles that center on communication networks, media, technology, and organizational images;

Volume 3: Relational and Identity Issues-focusing on communication studies of leadership, socialization, identity, and organizational change;

Volume 4: Participation, Power, and Gender-centering on issues of democracy, control, resistance, and diversity; and

Volume 5: Cultures, Globalization, and Discourse-including studies of communication and culture, discourse, and emotions.

No other collection contains such classic and field defining works that represent the central currents of the field. This set is an essential reference volume for students, researchers and scholars in organizational communication, management, organizational sociology, administration, and organizational behavior.

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Communication as a Field of Study W Charles Redding
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Historical Development and Future
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Metaphors of Communication and Organization Linda L Putnam
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Linda L. Putnam joined the Department of Communication at SaLinda L. Putnam joined the Department of Communication at Santa Barbara in August 2007 after serving as a Regent s Profenta Barbara in August 2007 after serving as a Regent s Professor and as the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Cssor and as the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, she was ommunication at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, she was also Department Head (1993-1998) and Director of the Programalso Department Head (1993-1998) and Director of the Program on Conflict and Dispute Resolution in the Bush School of Go on Conflict and Dispute Resolution in the Bush School of Government and Public Service (1998-2003). Prior to her appoinvernment and Public Service (1998-2003). Prior to her appointment at Texas A&M, Dr. Putnam was a faculty member in the Dtment at Texas A&M, Dr. Putnam was a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Purdue University (1977-1993).epartment of Communication at Purdue University (1977-1993). She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Minnesota in 1977 and her M.A. from the University of Wi of Minnesota in 1977 and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. Her research focuses on negotiation and consconsin in 1968. Her research focuses on negotiation and conflict management in organizations, discourse studies in orgaflict management in organizations, discourse studies in organizations, and gender and negotiation. Her early research cenizations, and gender and negotiation. Her early research centered on communication strategies and tactics in teacher s ntered on communication strategies and tactics in teacher s bargaining. Using a discourse lens, this early work also exabargaining. Using a discourse lens, this early work also examined arguments, narratives, and rituals in labor negotiatiomined arguments, narratives, and rituals in labor negotiations. Her research on gender applied a feminist lens to rethinns. Her research on gender applied a feminist lens to rethinking organizational theories and traditional bargaining and king organizational theories and traditional bargaining and her discourse work in organizations highlighted the contradiher discourse work in organizations highlighted the contradictions and dialectics that emerged in formal negotiations anctions and dialectics that emerged in formal negotiations and organizational communication. d organizational communication.

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