Organizational Communication: Perspectives and Trends

SAGE Publications, 2007 M11 20 - 472 páginas
Communication in organizations has changed drastically since the release of the first edition of this bestselling textbook. This fully revised and updated edition delves into state-of-the-art studies, providing fresh insights into the challenges that organizations face today. Yet this foundational resource remains a cornerstone in the examination of classic research and theory in organization communication.

Beginning with an extended analysis – from an organizational communication vantage point – of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, this groundbreaking edition weaves recent and memorable case materials with up-to-date research and theory, creating a meaningful and comprehensive view of organizational communication.

The authors take the unique path of describing and evaluating communication in organizations by focusing on three major perspectives for understanding organizations: traditional, interpretive, and critical. Because these perspectives differ in the ways that they study communication and in the assumptions that they make about the nature of organizations, the authors are able to offer diverse insights into communication in organizations. These three perspectives are used to examine communication functions and structure, organizational culture, information technology; cultural control, diversity, and change; new forms of organizing such as lattices and heterarchies, group relations, leader-member relations, power, conflict, and strategic communication; and new millennium thinking about organizations.

Packed with current case studies and commentary, Organizational Communication features an impressive range of contemporary global institutions such as General Motors, Triyo Industries of Japan, Enron, Wal-Mart, Ben & Jerry′s, The Carter Center′s Peace Programs, Canada′s public health programs, social change programs in rural India, and more.

Important new topics in this edition include
  • New Communication Structures
  • Cultural Diversity and Empowerment
  • Implications of Information Technology
  • Affirmative Action and Supreme Court Cases
  • Transformational Leadership
  • New Millennium Trends

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Chapter 1 An Orientation to Organizational Communication
Chapter 2 Communication and Its Functions
Chapter 3 Organizational Communication Structure
Prescriptions for Control
Metaphors of Biology
Communication and Culture
Chapter 7 Information Technology
Chapter 8 Cultural Control Diversity and Change
Chapter 10 LeaderMember Relationships
Chapter 11 Power
Chapter 12 Conflict
Chapter 13 Strategic Communication
Perspectives and Trends
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

Chapter 9 Group Relationships

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Michael J. Papa (Ph.D., Temple University; M.A., Central Michigan University; B.A., St. John’s University) teaches courses in organizational communication, research methods, and innovation diffusion. Papa has been involved in the design, evaluation, and documentation of various organizations for social change initiatives in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and the U.S. In addition to this work, he has also conducted research in conflict management, group decision-making processes, management selection and development, and technology diffusion in organizations. Most recently, he has served as a consultant to The Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, documenting President Carter′s approach to negotiating peace with a focus on the settlement reached between Uganda and Sudan. Papa has received ten research awards for top papers from The National Communication Association and The International Communication Association.

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.

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 work that accounted for nearly US$40 million in revenues. At Honeywell, Dr Spiker spent six years as an international OD and HR manager/executive consultant across multiple global business units. Dr Spiker compounds his management experience with significant consulting practice. He has developed communication strategies for several start-ups and was recently involved in the design and implementation of an integrated CRM methodology for a global trading concern and the development of an e-Transformation framework for integrating web and human capital strategies for a publicly traded eCommerce company. Among other subjects, Dr Spiker developed and/or taught courses in Consulting, Culture Change & Development, Organizational Communication, and Quantitative/Qualitative Research at the University of New Mexico, where he also served as Founding Director of the school’s Institute for Organizational Research. For three years, he served as the Markley Professor of Management at Miami University teaching MBAs who awarded him twice as their graduating commencement speaker. Most recently, he served as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Indianapolis where he completed a year-long study of mature professional workers contributory value across multiple industries. Dr. Spiker earned a PhD with emphases in Organization Communication from Ohio University. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations and a Bachelors degree (summa cum laude) in Economics/Political Science, also from Ohio University. Dr. Spiker currently is President of Better Board Governance (, he is co-founder of Million Ready Minds (, a non-profit dedicated to finding the best global talent to work on projects focused on sustainability. He also is the Acting Director of Arizona State University’s Consortium for Global Workforce Strategies. He is a member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, involved with the Governor’s Commission on Mature workers, loves to play golf, read history and lives with his wife Janice, an executive recruiter, and their four cats in the Sonoran desert outside of Phoenix, Arizona. He recently coauthored a new edition of his book with Michael Papa and Tom Daniels, entitled “Organizational Communication: Perspectives and Trends” (Sage publishers).

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