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Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication
Perspectives and Trends

November 2007 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Fifth Edition of this best-selling introductory organizational communication textbook continues to examine and explore the problems and paradoxes of organizational communication and the changing features of organizational life that have been revealed through the application of pluralistic perspectives. The implications of race, gender, technology, and increasing globalization to organizational communication all receive expanded treatment.
1. An Orientation to Organizational Communication
Organization and Communication  
Perspectives on Organizational Communication  
2. Communication and Its Functions
A Precaution: Function and Structure Relationship  
Communication, Information, and Meaning  
Functions of Communication  
3. Organizational Communication Structure
Traditional Approach to Structure  
Formal Communication  
Informal Communication  
Communication Structure as a Network  
Interpretive Approaches to Communication Structure  
Critical Approaches to Communication Structure  
4. Organization Theory: Prescriptions for Control
Scientific and Classical Management  
Transitional Theories  
The Human Relations Movement  
Human Resource Development  
5. Organization Theory: Metaphors of Biology
System Theory  
Weick's Theory of Organizing  
Luhmann's Social Systems Theory  
Evolutionary Psychology  
6. Organizational Theory: Communication and Culture
Communication and Culture: A Way to Understand Organizations  
Approaches to Understanding Organizational Culture  
Describing Organizational Culture: The Case of Ben & Jerry's  
7. Information Technology
Information Technology and Change  
Traditional Perspective  
Interpretive Perspective  
Critical Perspective  
8. Cultural Control, Diversity, and Change
Cultural Control  
Organizational Culture and Diversity  
Traditional Perspectives on Cultural Control, Diversity, and Change  
Interpretive Perspectives on Cultural Control, Diversity, and Change  
Critical Perspectives on Cultural Control, Diversity, and Change  
The Ethics of Diversity  
9. Group Relationships
Traditional Perspective on Group Relationships  
Interpretive Perspective on Group Relationships  
Critical Perspective on Group Relationships  
10. Leader-Member Relationships
Limitations of Leadership Theory and Research  
Traditional Perspective  
Interpretive Perspective  
Critical Perspective  
11. Power
Traditional Views of Status and Power  
Interpretive Perspectives on Power  
Power in the View of Critical Theory  
Power and Conflict: Connected and Separate Phenomena  
12. Conflict
Traditional Perspectives on Conflict  
Interpretive Perspectives on Conflict  
Critical Perspectives on Conflict  
Ethics in Conflict  
13. Strategic Communication
Characteristics of Strategic Communication  
The Traditional Perspective  
The Interpretive Perspective  
The Critical Perspective  
14. New Millennium Thought: Perspectives and Trends
Perspectives on the New Millennium  
Traditional Perspectives and the New Millennium  
Interpretive Perspectives and the New Millennium  
Critical Perspectives and the New Millennium  
Trends Influencing Organizations Today  

Good organizational communication textbook with thorough discussion of various perspectives. Could be improved by new edition with updated case studies.

Dr Shari Hoppin
Speech Theatre Dept, Troy University - Troy
July 25, 2013

very useful book for students studying organizations and communication. covers a lot of organizational/communicational aspects.

Mrs Anna karina Kjeldsen
Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University
April 18, 2013

no longer teaching the course

Dr Carolyn Cunningham
Communication Arts Dept, Gonzaga University
May 17, 2012

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Tom D. Daniels

Tom D. Daniels (Ph.D. & M.A., Ohio University; B.A., Howard Payne University) conducts research in the area of organizational communication systems and practices and regularly teaches courses in organizational communication, research methods, and statistics. Professional experience includes the following: consulting editor, Communication Quarterly; associate editor, The Ohio Speech Journal; associate editor, Quarterly Journal of Speech; editorial board member, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly and Free Speech Yearbook. More About Author

Barry K. Spiker

Barry Spiker has nearly 25 years of experience in leading organizational change and human capital development and management. Formerly a Practice Leader and Executive at Andersen Consulting (now, Accenture), Dr Spiker was part of a team that led the design and implementation of the enterprise’s Organisational Change, HR and Communications practices. Similarly, Dr Spiker served as Managing Director at Price Waterhouse (now ‘PWC’), assisting in the inception of the firm’s Change Integration practice. As Vice President of the TQM practice at Mercer Management Consulting, he was one of the developers of six-sigma consulting and reengineering... More About Author

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