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Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives

by Steve May and Dennis Mumby SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
10/2004
ISBN:
9780761928492
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Pbk 320 pages
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''This book offers a refreshing and engaging overview of the ways some research traditions in organizational communication have unfolded over time and continue to be connected to everyday, real events.''
—Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University

Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives is a book unlike any in the field. Each chapter is written by a prominent scholar who presents a theoretical perspective and discusses how he or she ''engages'' with it, personally examining what it means to study organizations. Rejecting the traditional model of a ''reader,'' this volume demonstrates the intimate connections among theory, research, and personal experience.

Significant theoretical perspectives such as post-positivism, social construction, rhetoric, critical theory, feminism, postmodernism, structuration theory, and globalization are discussed in terms of their history, assumptions, development, propositions, research, and applications. In addition to editors Steve May and Dennis K. Mumby, contributors include Brenda J. Allen, Karen Lee Ashcraft, George Cheney, Steven R. Corman, Stanley Deetz, Robert McPhee, Marshall Scott Poole, Cynthia Stohl, Bryan C. Taylor, and James R. Taylor.

Key Features
• An introduction that addresses the idea of engaged research.
• Accessible and cutting edge accounts of important research traditions written by well-known leaders in the field.
• Personal accounts of each scholar's place in his or her field of study.
• A conclusion that explores the future of organizational communication studies.
• An extensive body of references on each perspective.

Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research is an indispensable resource for anyone wishing to be familiar with current trends in the field of organizational communication. It is recommended as the main text for upper-level undergraduate and entry-level graduate courses in organizational communication theory. It is also an excellent supplementary text for related courses in departments of communication studies, business and management, sociology, and industrial relations.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: Thinking about Engagement Dennis K. Mumby and Steve May

2. Postpositivism Steven R. Corman

3. Social Constructionism Brenda J. Allen

4. Theorizing about Rhetoric and Organizations: Classical, Interpretive, and Critical Aspects George Cheney with Daniel J. Lair

5. Critical Theory Stanley Deetz

6. Postmodern Theory Bryan C. Taylor

7. Feminist Organizational Communication Studies: Engaging Gender in Public and Private Karen Lee Ashcraft

8. Structuration Theory Marshall Scott Poole and Robert D. McPhee

9. Worldview: My Pursuit of an Explanation of Communication as Organizing James R. Taylor

10. Globalization Theory Cynthia Stohl

11. Conclusion: Engaging the Future of Organizational Communication Theory and Research Steve May and Dennis K. Mumby

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

About the Contributors

1. Introduction: Thinking about Engagement - Dennis K. Mumby and Steve May 2. Postpositivism - Steven R. Corman 3. Social Constructionism - Brenda J. Allen 4. Theorizing about Rhetoric and Organizations: Classical, Interpretive, and Critical Aspects - Geo

Steve K. May University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Dennis K. Mumby University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC