With the first meeting of the network only a week away, here’s a short list of the introductory literature that we’re gonna review. Neither are all papers in favor of the communicative constitution of organization, nor are they representative of the approach as such. Nonetheless, we figure the make a good reading to begin with.

The Instrumental vs. the Constitutive View of Organization

  • Axley, S. R. (1984). Managerial and Organizational Communication in Terms of the Conduit Metaphor. Academy of Management Review, 9(3), 428-437.
  • Craig, R. T. (1999). Communication Theory as a Field. Communication Theory, 9(2), 119-161.
  • Putnam, L. L., Phillips, N., & Chapman, P. (1996). Metaphors of Communication and Organizations. In S. R. Clegg & W. R. Nord, Handbook of Organization Studies (pp. 375-408). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

What Constitutes an Organization?

  • Taylor, J. R. (1999). “What is Organizational Communication”? Communication as a Dialogic of Text and Conversation. Communication Review, 3(1–2), 21-63.
  • Robichaud, D., Giroux, H., & Taylor, J. R. (2004). The Metaconversation: The Recursive Property of Language as a Key to Organizing. Academy of Management Review, 29(4), 617-634.
  • Kuhn, T. R. (2008). A Communicative Theory of the Firm: Developing an Alternative Perspective on Intra-organizational Power and Stakeholder Relationships. Organization Studies, 29(8–9), 1227-1254.

What Stabilizes Organizations?

  • McPhee, R. D., & Zaug, P. (2000). The Communicative Constitution of Organizations: A Framework for Explanation. The Electronic Journal of Communication, 10(1/2).
  • Cooren, F., & Fairhurst, G. T. (2008). Dislocation and Stabilization: How to Scale up From Interactions to Organization. In L. L. Putnam & A. M. Nicotera, Building Theories of Organization: The Constitutive Role of Communication. New York: Routledge.
  • Cooren, F. (2006). The Organizational World as a Plenum of Agencies. In F. Cooren, J. R. Taylor, & E. J. Van Every, Communication as Organizing: Empirical and Theore- tical Approaches in the Dynamic of Text and Conversation (pp. 81-100). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Outlook: The Current CCO Debate

  • Bisel, R. S. (2010). A Communicative Ontology of Organization? A Description, History, and Critique of CCO Theories for Organization Science. Management Communication Quarterly, 24(1), 124-131.
  • Sillince, J. A. (2010). Can CCO Theory Tell Us How Organizing Is Distinct From Markets, Networking, Belonging to a Community, or Supporting a Social Movement? Manage- ment Communication Quarterly, 24(1), 132-138.

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