The September issue of Organization Studies is dear and near to us, not just because Dennis and I review books that promote the notion that communication constitutes organization. More importantly, it’s a special issue on communication, organizing, and organization!
The special issue is edited by Francois Cooren, Timothy Kuhn, Joep Cornelissen, and Timothy Clark. Tim (the first Tim) and Joep already joined us for meetings in Berlin and Zurich, and Francois will join us next year in Hamburg. Who knows, maybe we’ll have Tim (the other Tim) drop by, too, if just to have had all of them at our table.
Of course, the special issue has some exciting articles, too. And in case I haven’t mentioned it, two book reviews 😉
Joep Cornelissen (VU Amsterdam), Timothy R. Kuhn (University of Colorado at Boulder), and Dennis Schoeneborn (University of Zurich) will jointly convene a sub-theme at the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 2012 in Helsinki/Finland. The sub-theme is titled “Organizing as Phenomenon of Language Use: Interconnecting Discourse and Communication”. This will represent an excellent opportunity to meet other scholars interested in the “organization as communication” (OaC) and/or the “communication constitutes organization” (CCO) perspective. More info and Call for Papers: http://www.egos2012.net/2011/06/sub-theme-23-organizations-as-phenomena-of-language-use-interconnecting-discourse-and-communication/
Another interesting call for papers: The German Association of Management Scholars (VHB) has several divisions. One of them, the WK WEW (philosophy of science and business ethics division) will have an organizational communication focus in their 2012 meeting in Berlin. OaC network member Jochen Koch (Viadrina) is one of the meeting convenors. Here you will find more info in their Call for Papers (in German though): http://wew.vhbonline.org/fileadmin/Kommissionen/WK_WEW/Workshop_2012_CfP_WEW.pdf.
Safe to say, our discussions of Organization as Communication at the Free University Berlin this past July were pretty intense. Our keynote speaker Tim Kuhn rocked the boat with 27 definitions of communication in organization studies … and a lot more. Be sure to check out his keynote What If Organization Studies Took Communication Seriously? in full color.
Of course, there were more presentations by members of the network. See David Seidl, Jost Sieweke, and Swaran Sandhu in action at the network’s lecture2go site.
We’re already putting together an exciting program for next year’s meeting in Hamburg with a special guest appearance from Francois Cooren. Stay tuned!