Communication Constitutes Organization: The Practical and Social Relevance of Communication-Centered Organizational ResearchPosted: March 3, 2017
Academia-Meets-Practice Development Workshop, Copenhagen Business School, 5 July 2017
Hosted by the Standing Working Group “Organization as Communication” of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) and sponsored by the “Governing Responsible Business” (GRB) Research Cluster at Copenhagen Business School.
Convened by Nicolas Bencherki (University at Albany, SUNY), Steffen Blaschke (Copenhagen Business School), and Mark Van Vuuren (University of Twente)
Practitioners and academics, especially those in the early career stage and graduate students, are invited to submit 800 to 1000-word abstracts of a presentation or case studies by 2017.4.15
This workshop aims to tackle the problem posed by Kuhn and Schoeneborn (2015, p. 300) and explore the ways in which we can “open up fruitful pathways for a stronger collaboration between CCO scholars and practitioners.”
Prior to the conference of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) in Rotterdam in 2014, a group of researchers and consultants gathered for a two-day event to encourage the cross-breeding of ideas and concerns. This year, we wish to expand the scope of practitioners for whom communication-centered perspectives may be relevant. Indeed, besides management consultants, we invite representatives of community-based groups, social movements, cooperatives, public agencies, schools, and other forms of collectives, to join academics in a one-day event to discuss the way communication may help drive the creation, continuation, and change of their organizations and their joint action.
To contribute to this workshop, graduate students, early career academics, but also more experienced scholars, are invited to submit papers that offer original perspectives on the practical and social relevance of CCO and communication-centered perspectives. Without being limited to these example, those contributions could take the form of original methodologies to better involve non-academic partners, theoretical reflections on the social role of CCO research, or empirical studies on the transfer of organizational communication knowledge from academia to practice.Practitioners, for their part, are invited to submit case studies that address challenges to the creation, maintenance, or change of their organization. These case studies can either propose potential solutions based on communication perspectives, or leave the question open for discussion during the workshop.
To participate in the workshop, please submit an extended abstract of your presentation or a case study (between 800 and 1,000 words, including text, references, figures, and tables) to Nicolas Bencherki (email@example.com). Please also include a brief biographical statement for all authors and background information about your organization (in the case of practitioners). The deadline for submission of abstracts is 2017.4.15. Notice of acceptance to the workshop will be sent out by 2017.5.1. Meanwhile if you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Bencherki (firstname.lastname@example.org), Steffen Blaschke (email@example.com) or Mark Van Vuuren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For complete call for papers click here
We’re proud to see our latest collaboration between European and North American scholars take the final form of a book. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon or your favorite local retailer. Thanks to all the contributors!
The EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) No. 05 Organization as Communication (formerly SWG No. 16) is happy to announce the sub-theme for the EGOS 2017 Colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark (July 6-8, 2017).
The sub-theme No. 05 entitled “The Communicative Constitution of Organizing: Toward and Beyond (Formal) Organization” will be facilitated by Dennis Schoeneborn, Timothy R. Kuhn, and James R. Barker.
As you will see in the Call for Papers, the sub-theme places a special focus on the formative and constitutive role of communication for practices of organizing that occur toward and beyond formal organization. That said, we also invite conceptual or empirical papers that more generally apply a communication-centered or discursive lens to study organizational phenomena of various kinds.
We are looking forward to receiving your short paper submissions (max. 3,000 words) by Jan. 9th, 2017 via the EGOS website!
See you in Copenhagen!
If you would like to get a peek into what happened at the EGOS 2016 PDW on “CSR & Communication” in Naples/Italy, please check out our brief Storify report here (generated with friendly support of our social media expert, Annamaria Tuan, University of Pisa).
And please also make sure of course to take a look at the video podcast of the panel debate that was posted earlier in this blog.
The annual colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) took place in early July in Naples, Italy. Next to the program of standing working group (SWG) on the communicative constitution of organization, a pre-conference workshop on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and communication brought together work in progress with feedback from established scholars. The workshop opened with a panel discussion on corporate social responsibility and communication. Guido Palazzo (University of Lausanne), Tim Kuhn (University of Colorado at Boulder), Jana Costas (Viadrina University Frankfurt/Oder), and Jean-Pascal Gond (CASS Business School) each voiced their opinion on the matter and later answered questions from the audience under the moderation of Mette Morsing (Copenhagen Business School). Check out the panel in all of its 57-minutes glory.
Check out this exciting workshop on “Large Social Phenomena” at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (Dec. 5-6, 2016), jointly organized by Davide Nicolini (U of Warwick) and Katharina Dittrich (U of Zurich). The Call for Papers explicitly invites communication-centered approaches – see here: Workshop on Large Social Phenomena.
From the 7th to the 9th of July, around 40 scholars coming from diverse countries and disciplines gathered at the EGOS 2016 colloquium in the sub-theme #16 “Organization as communication” to discuss issues, theories and practical implications related to the constitutive force of communication and materiality in processes of (dis)organization. Many different approaches to materiality where discussed (STS, CCO, sociomateriality, to name a few), many were the materials studied through these approaches (objects, bodies, technologies, social media, discourses, talk, text, workspace, etc.), as well as the topics (identity, sensemaking, paradoxes and tensions, decision making, CSR, etc.) that were addressed during these three days. Questions related to agency (whose agency? for what?) were raised but not completely resolved, as well as methodological interrogations concerning the study of (im)materiality (e.g. how to interview an object? how to make a workspace talk?). Some of the traces of these discussions were posted on a wall (see picture bellow).
In this diversity, some common trends emerged in our final session, which was animated by Tim Kuhn, with the collaboration of three special guests: Viviane Sergi, Dennis Schoeneborn and Peter Monge. Some of these trends included the focus on (a) mundane and daily work interactions, (b) the disruptive, disorganizing, transforming and even destructive role of organizational communication, (c) the embodiment, materialization, in-formation (e.g. taking form) of discourse in many different ways. Special attention was given to bridging the CCO community with other scholarly communities in both organization communication and organization studies, as well as developing the social relevance of our scholarly work to political and practical issues.
Thanks to all that made this great reunion possible! Looking forward to see you next year in Copenhagen. More to come about the colloquium on the EGOS website. For now you can take a look at the video announcing the venue (you will recognize some of the scholars ‘starring’ in it!)