Communicating and Organizing in Context integrates Giddensâ€™ structuration theory with Goffmanâ€™s interaction order and develops a new theoretical baseâ€”the theory of structurational interactionâ€”for the analysis of communicating and organizing. Both theorists emphasize tacit knowledge, social routines, context, social practices, materiality, frames, agency, and view communication as constitutive of social life and of organizing. Thus their integration in structurational interaction provides a coherent, communication-centric approach to analyzing communicating, organizing and their interrelationships.
This book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars as an orientation to the field of organizational communication and as an integration of organizing and communicating. It will also be useful for practitioners as a tool for understanding how conceptual frames limit possibilities and constitute the nature of organizing and members' participation in organizations.
Table of Contents
Section I Framing Communicating and Organizing A Frame System for Communicating A Frame System for Organizing Connecting Communicating and Organizing Section II Giddensâ€™ Structuration Theory Giddens: Context, Agency and Interaction Applying Giddens in Communicating and Organizing Section III Erving Goffmanâ€™s Interaction Order Goffmanâ€™s Framing of Interaction Goffman and Larger Social Institutions Section IV Toward a Theory of Structurational Interaction Applying Structurational Interaction
Beth Bonniwell Haslett (Ph.D, University of Minnesota) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware. Her research and teaching interests span both organizational and interpersonal communication, and focus on issues of face, cross cultural communication and the social impact of information and communication technologies. Dr. Haslett has written three books (Communication: Strategic Action in Context; The Organizational Woman, with F.L. Geis and M. R. Carter, and Children Communicating, with W. Samter) and has published more than 30 articles and book chapters