This volume explores the concept of communication as it applies to organizational theory. Bringing together multiple voices, it focuses on communication’s role in the constitution of organization. Editors Linda L. Putnam and Anne Maydan Nicotera have assembled an all-star cast of contributors, each providing a distinctive voice and perspective.
The contents of this volume compare and contrast approaches to the notion that communication constitutes organization. Chapters also examine the ways that those processes produce patterns that endure over time and that constitute the organization as a whole. This collection bridges different disciplines and serves a vital role in developing dimensions, characteristics, and relationships among concepts that address how communication constitutes organization. It will appeal to scholars and researchers working in organizational communication, organizational studies, management, sociology, social collectives, and organizational psychology and behavior.
Building Theories of Organization presents a compilation of the best theorizing on the communication-constituting-organizations view by expert scholars in the area. It pushes our thinking on the communicative constitution of organizations by interrogating this notion from several angles and viewpoints and attempting to articulate these differences...It represents a noteworthy advance in theory on the communication-organization relationship. --Jennifer Gibbs, Administrative Science Quarterly, Cornell University