Online First: Organizations as Networks of Communication

Grab it while it’s still hot: Our article Organizations as Networks of Communication Episodes: Turning the Network Perspective Inside Out just hit the online-first shelf over at Organization Studies. Here’s the abstract:

Over the last decades, the idea that communication constitutes organizations (CCO) has been gaining considerable momentum in organization studies. The CCO perspective provides new insights into key organizational issues, such as the relation between stability and change, between micro-level and macro-level phenomena, or between emergence and control. However, despite various theoretical advancements, the CCO perspective’s range of methodologies is still limited to analyzing local communication episodes, rather than studying organizations as broader networks of communication episodes. In this paper, we present a new methodological approach to the study of the relation between organization and communication, based on network analysis. Following a discussion of existing network approaches, we incorporate the fundamental assumptions of the CCO perspective into a methodology that places communication at the center of network analysis by turning the prevalent network perspective inside out, so that the vertices of the network represent communication episodes and the edges represent individuals. We illustrate our methodology with an empirical case study, in which we examine the structures and dynamics of an actual organization as a network of communication episodes.

Blaschke, S., Schoeneborn, D., & Seidl, D. (2012). Organizations as Networks of Communication Episodes: Turning the Network Perspective Inside Out. Organization Studies, 33(8).


The Three Pillars of CCO Remain a Mystery

I’m a scientist with heart and soul, not all good natured as my coauthors can attest, but certainly trusting others to bring to the table what I lack in ambition, knowledge, and perseverance. That being said, I’m thoroughly disappointed when others I work with don’t do their job.

I regret to have to inform you that we lost the video recordings of our Three Pillars of CCO meeting from back in March. It’s not a failure of hardware or software, which would be something we could actually do something about. No, no, the media team here at the University of Hamburg responsible for the post-production of the recordings lost the external hard drive — as in physically lost it. Or so I’m told. No finger pointing.

The loss of the video recordings is more than unfortunate. It’s like losing an arm and a leg in the scientific face off we encountered in our meeting of the Three Pillars of CCO. I guess they remain a mystery for now. At least until we find the time to put our thoughts in writing.