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Applied Organizational Communication

Theory and Practice in a Global Environment, 3rd Edition

By Thomas E. Harris, Mark D. Nelson


484 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Applied Organizational Communication provides a current, in-depth analysis of the theories and practices critical to understanding organizational communication concepts in a global environment. Exploring the diverse communication challenges in today’s organizations, this text:

  • Explains the impact of critical environmental influences on all levels;
  • Provides extensive discussion of teams, leadership, technology, listening, and interpersonal communication;
  • Offers current analysis, utilizing a broad base of information and research; and
  • Establishes links between organizational communication and perceptions, theory, networks, and symbolic behavior.

Building on the successful foundation of the previous editions, this third edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the most current organizational communication theory and research. Features of this edition include:

  • Extensive real life examples and experiences
  • Grounding in transactional communication and advanced systems approaches
  • Macro and micro analyses of key topics and issues

As an accessible and practical examination of organizational communication, this text is intended for use in organizational communication, leadership, organizational development, and organizational intervention courses at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level.


Review for the first edition:

"Harris…does a good job in summarizing the field and its literature."

—PR Update

Review for the first edition:

"The author astutely blends research from academic journal articles and monographs with the admonishments of how-to books, articles from trade magazines, and stories from the daily newspapers, so that we lose the sense of priority among the sources. This creative integration of academic research reports what the popular press contributes to our organizational behavioral knowledge base."

—Contemporary Psychology

"Thomas E. Harris, in Applied Organizational Communication: Principles and Pragmatics for Future Practice, 2nd ed., earnestly addresses this question by describing organizational communication as a diverse cultural process that is subject to change. He offers what appears to be an upper level undergraduate textbook that is wide-ranging, concrete…Harris accomplishes what he sets out to do. Students, scholars, and practitioners can tap into his resourceful text to begin their immersion into the realm of organizational communication study."

—American Communication Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Adopting a Perspective. Perception and Paradigms. Understanding Organizations: An Overview of Management and Organizational Perspectives. Verbal Communication. Nonverbal Communication. Networks and Channels. Symbolic Behavior. Listening. Effective Interpersonal Communication in Organizations. Small Group and Team Communication. Effective Leadership in Organizations. New Communication Technology.

About the Authors

Tom Harris is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama.

Mark Nelson is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Director of Basic Courses, Coordinator of Advising, and Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Alabama.

About the Series

Routledge Communication Series

The Routledge Communication Series covers the breadth of the communication discipline, from interpersonal communication to public relations, offering textbooks, handbooks, and scholarly reference materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies