C640 | 1199 | Andrews

Professor Patricia Hayes Andrews

C640 provides a foundational introduction to scholarship in organizational
communication. The course will introduce students to several
methodological approaches to studying organizations, including laboratory,
survey, and field research, along with diverse research paradigms (e.g.,
functionalist, interpretive, and rhetorical). While C640 examines
organizational communication broadly, the course will be organized around
the general theme of leadership, power, and empowerment. Classic and
contemporary studies related to these constructs will be examined.

Among the topics to be addressed are:

diverse conceptualizations of leadership (models, styles, and functions)

power and empowerment

organizational socialization, commitment, and identification

group communication, decision making, team building


gender, power, and communication

organizational legitimation

C640 class will be conducted as a seminar, with all participants
facilitating the discussion of assigned articles. Lectures will provide
over-arching theories and critical frameworks. Conceptual frameworks will
be advanced through readings and lectures. However, much of the course
will be devoted to examining and critiquing organizational communication
theory and research. Each student will undertake a major research project
and present his or her paper to the class. One take-home examination will
be given at mid-term.

Some of the possible works to be assigned include:

Peter G. Northouse, Leadership: Theory and Practice (Thousand Oaks, CA:
Sage Publications, 1997); Lawrence R. Frey, ed., Group Communication in
Context: Studies of Natural Groups (Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum,
1994); Irving Janis, Victims of Groupthink, 2nd ed. (Boston: Hougton
Mifflin, 1982); Gareth Morgan, Images of Organization, 2nd ed. (Thousand
Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997);  Dennis K. Mumby, Communication and
Power in Organizations: Discourse, Ideology, and Domination (Stamford, CT:
Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1988); Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Men and Women
of the Corporation (New York:  Harper & Row, 1977); Stanley Deetz,
Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization (Albany, NY: SUNY Press,
1992); the Winter, 1997 issue of Communication Studies on the theme of
communication and organizational democracy; and collected readings of the
work of such scholars as George Cheney, James Barker, Patrice Buzzanell,
Linda Putnam, Charles Conrad, Michael Pacanowsky, Eric Eisenberg, Randy
Hirokawa, Ernest Bormann, Cynthia Stohl, Phillip Tompkins, Julia Wood,
Connie Gersick, Marshall Scott Poole, Frederic Jablin, Robin Patric Clair,
and Karl Weick