Organizational Communication Perspectives and Trends

ISBN-10: 1412916844
ISBN-13: 9781412916844
Edition: 5th 2008
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List price: $121.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/20/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 472
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

This 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. Key Features: Focus on traditional, interpretive, and critical perspectives of organizing and communicating Real life case studies and questions at the end of each chapter help students see the application of theory to practice Separate chapters on culture and diversity and on power and conflict reflect the continued interest and need for understanding of these topics The coverage of organizational culture includes the critical perspective along with traditional and interpretative perspectives, further showing the vitality of the field Commentary from corporate leaders and descriptions of communication within organizations around the world Chapters include topic outlines and summaries; key terms are bolded throughout; activities, discussion questions, and complete references are located at each chapter's end

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.

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.

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 (www.betterboardgovernance.com), he is co-founder of Million Ready Minds (www.millionreadyminds.org), 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).

Preface
Prologue
An Orientation to Organizational Communication
Organization and Communication
Perspectives on Organizational Communication
Communication and Its Functions
A Precaution: Function and Structure Relationship
Communication, Information, and Meaning
Functions of Communication
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
Organization Theory: Prescriptions for Control
Scientific and Classical Management
Transitional Theories
The Human Relations Movement
Human Resource Development
Organization Theory: Metaphors of Biology
System Theory
Weick's Theory of Organizing
Luhmann's Social Systems Theory
Evolutionary Psychology
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
Information Technology
Information Technology and Change
Traditional Perspective
Interpretive Perspective
Critical Perspective
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
Group Relationships
Traditional Perspective on Group Relationships
Interpretive Perspective on Group Relationships
Critical Perspective on Group Relationships
Leader-Member Relationships
Limitations of Leadership Theory and Research
Traditional Perspective
Interpretive Perspective
Critical Perspective
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
Conflict
Traditional Perspectives on Conflict
Interpretive Perspectives on Conflict
Critical Perspectives on Conflict
Ethics in Conflict
Strategic Communication
Characteristics of Strategic Communication
The Traditional Perspective
The Interpretive Perspective
The Critical Perspective
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

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