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Organization as Communication

Perspectives in Dialogue, 1st Edition

Edited by Steffen Blaschke, Dennis Schoeneborn


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The idea that communication constitutes organization (CCO) provides a unique perspective to organization studies by highlighting the fundamental and formative role of communication for organizational phenomena of various kinds. The book features original works that address the idea of organization as communication in the light of other theories, related concepts, as well as the tension between strategy and emergence. The first set of chapters discusses the idea of organization communication in the light of critical works of European scholars (Habermas, Honneth, and Günther). The second set of chapters reflects on a range of concepts such as institutions, routines, and leadership from a CCO perspective. The final set of chapters examines the tension between strategic and emergent communication by drawing on new methodology and empirical evidence.

The chapters are set into dialogue with some of the most prominent proponents of CCO scholarship. The book offers an important contribution to CCO thinking by adding European perspectives on organization as communication. It connects the primarily North American approach and European traditions of theoretical thought to existing debates in communication and organization studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Steffen Blaschke and Dennis Schoeneborn

I Organization as Communication in the Light of Other Theories

1 Organization as Communication and Habermasian Philosophy Andreas Scherer and Andreas Rasche

2 Organization as Communication and Honneth’s Notion of Struggles for Recognition Gabriele Faßauer

3 Communication as Polycontextural Process: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives beyond a Theory of Social Systems Till Jansen

4 Ventriloquism in and as a Dialogue with German Scholars: Habermas, Honneth, and Gunther Francois Cooren

II Organization as Communication and Related Concepts: Institutions, Routines, Leadership

5 Institutional Theory and the CCO Perspective: Opportunities for Communicative Convergence? Swaran Sandhu

6 Organization as Communication and Routines: Text, Interpretation, and Performance of Rules Daniel Geiger & Anja Schröder

7 Organization as Communication and Leadership: A Luhmannian Perspective Jochen Koch

8. Thinking Heuristically: On the Future of Theorizing on Organization as Communication Timothy Kuhn

III Organization as Strategic Versus Emergent Communication

9 Organization as Communication and Corporate Communication: Contributions from Relational Sociology Peter Winkler and Wehmeier

10 Organizing and Organization: The Micro and Macro of Networks of Communication Episodes Steffen Blaschke

11 Organization as Communication and Strategic Change: The Dynamics of Distanciation Anne Marie Lohuis & Mark van Vuuren

12. Shifting the Figure of Organization as Communication Joep Cornelissen

IV Epilog Linda Putnam

About the Editors

Steffen Blaschke is Associate Professor in Organizational Communication at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. His current research focuses on methods and measures of organizational communication. His research has been published in the Journal of Management Inquiry, Management Communication Quarterly, and Organization Studies, among others.

Dennis Schoeneborn is Professor (MSO) of Communication, Organization, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. His current research focuses on how communicative practices constitute new and fluid forms of organizing. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Management Communication Quarterly, and Organization Studies, among others.

Subject Categories

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