Call for Papers: The Communicative Constitution of Organizations at EGOS 2013

After the successful first round at EGOS 2012 in Helsinki …

…Tim Kuhn, Francois Cooren, and Dennis Schoeneborn are very happy to announce our next CCO-related sub-theme at EGOS 2013 in Montréal (July 4-6, 2013).

Our sub-theme (no. 42) is titled “The Communicative Constitution of Organizations:  Organizations as Precarious Accomplishments”. The sub-theme is especially dedicated to the emerging CCO view in organization studies.  However, more generally, we invite empirical and conceptual papers that apply a communication-centered lens in the study of organizations.

We are very much looking forward to your submissions!
* Extended abstract due January 14, 2013
* Full paper due May 30, 2013

More info:

Exciting CfP at AMR: Communication, Cognitions, and Institutions

Our dear fellow colleague Joep Cornelissen (VU Amsterdam) asked us to put the word out (on the streets): There is an exciting call for papers coming up in the Academy of Management Review (AMR) on “Communication, Cognitions, and Institutions”! To my first impression, the call very well fits to a constitutive notion of the organization-communication relation, as put forth by the CCO perspective. It also invites us to further explore potential links of the CCO view to institutional theory. For further details as well as the full CfP – see here:

New ‘summer’ publications from the School of Montreal (TSM) … and more to come!

Summer, as some may know, is a very intense and lively season in Montreal. Along with the many festivals that lighten up the city, research in CCO has also been very prolific in this part of North America. François Cooren and Caroline Bergeron, one of his former master student (currently following a PhD program at the University of South Carolina) published an article in The Journal of Contigencies and Crisis Management proposing a ‘ventriloqual’ analysis of crisis management in emergency operation centers. In a different topic, but still deeply anchored in a CCO approach, Boris Brummans, Carole Groleau and I, Consuelo Vasquez, have published a methodological piece on organizational shadowing in Qualitative Research in Organization and Management. Drawing on our personal experiences in using this method to study organizing in distinct organizational setting, we reflect on our “notes from the field” to propose a methodological toolbox for understanding research practices. Interestingly both articles (and with no previous arrangement or concerted action) draw on the notion of frame as a communicative and collective accomplishment to develop a conceptual, in the first article, and a methodolgoical framework, in the second (for those who are interested in this CCO approach to the frame and framing, I must here recommend Brummans’ et al, 2008, excellent study on framing practices published in Communication Monograph).

Finally, for those who have been waiting since the 2008 ICA pre-conference held in Montreal for a material concretion of this great reunion, I have excellent news. The book that collects a selection of some of the papers and the four key notes presented at the pre-conference is now in press (publication expected for the end of 2012/beginning of 2013). Daniel Robichaud and François Cooren are the (happy) editors of Organization and Organizing: Materiality, Agency and Discourse. Bellow is an overview of the table of contents and contributors.



The Need for New Materials in the Constitution of Organization – Daniel Robichaud and François Cooren

PART I. Theoretical developments

Chapter 1 : Organizations as Obstacles to Organizing – Barbara Czarniawska

Chapter 2 : Dialectics, Contradictions, and the Question of Agency: A Tribute to James R. Taylor – Linda L. Putnam

Chapter 3 : “What’s the story?” Organizing as a mode of existence – Bruno Latour

Chapter 4 : Organization as Chaosmos – Haridimos Tsoukas

Chapter 5 : Organizations as Entitative Beings: Some Ontological Implications of Communicative Constitution – Anne M. Nicotera

Chapter 6 : What Is an Organization? Or: Is James Taylor a Buddhist? – Boris H.J.M. Brummans

Chapter 7 : Activity Coordination and the Montreal School – Robert McPhee and Joel O. Iverson

PART II. Empirical explorations

Chapter 8 : Spacing Organization, or How to Be Here and There at the Same Time – Consuelo Vásquez

Chapter 9 : Restructuring identity through sectorial narratives – Isabelle Piette

Chapter 10 : Organization by Debate: Exploring the Connections Between Rhetorical Argument and Organizing – Mathieu Chaput

Chapter 11 : Constituting the temporary organization: Documents in the context of projects – Viviane Sergi

Chapter 12 : Organizational communication at the crossroads – James R. Taylor

Welcome to the Old New OaC Blog

Dennis Schoeneborn (U of Zurich), Gordon Müller-Seitz (Free U Berlin) and I, Steffen Blaschke (U of Hamburg), started this blog to post about the work being done in a young scholars network on organization as communication, funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). The grant has served us well in four amazing workshops at Hamburg, Zurich, Berlin, and again Hamburg. We’ve had numerous distinguished scholars with us to discuss the communicative constitution of organization and everything that goes along with it. Check out our recount of workshops with Joep Cornelissen (Free U Amsterdam), Tim Kuhn (U of Colorado at Boulder), Francois Cooren (U of Montreal), and Bob McPhee (Arizona State U).

Now, we are absolutely delighted to announce that our network is going international! Matt Koschmann (U of Colorado at Boulder), Amanda Porter (Free U Amsterdam), Consuelo Vasquez (U of Quebec at Montreal), and Alex Wright (Open University) are joining us in our endeavor to promote the communicative constitution of organization. Welcome y’all!

Exciting times are ahead. Lotsa posts to follow, meet us in person at next year’s annual conferences of the ICA in London and EGOS in Montreal. Stay tuned!