Is anyone interested in putting in a submission to convene a CCO-related track at the APROS/EGOS conference scheduled for December 2015?  Details about the track call can be found on the EGOS website.

The broad theme is Space, and I think there are a number of potential avenues where CCO and space could be usefully integrated: how space is communicatively constructed; space as text; virtual spaces; conversationally constituted space; space and place; organizing space, plus others.

I convened a track at the last APROS conference in February of this year, so have some experience in how this conference operates.

If you are interested drop me an email or seek me out at EGOS next month and we can have a chat about it.


Communication Events

Lately I have been spending time researching the communication dynamics between actors who have a “stake” in the climate change debate in the Netherlands.  Across several studies, I have noticed two or three highly visible “events” that are meaningful to all actors, from all sides of the debate on climate change. One most notable event was the 2009 so-called “Climategate” affair, in which prominent climate scientist’s emails were hacked and posted publically online. This event received a great deal of attention, both in mainstream and social media outlets. In the Netherlands, this event has led one of the leading climate research institutes to engage in more open organization-stakeholder relationships with so-called “antagonists” of anthropogenic global warming.

So far I have thought of this event mainly as the “background context” of my research on organization-stakeholder communication dynamics. However, this event has come up repeatedly in the conversations I have observed and shared with my research participants. It seems that Climategate was an important “turning point” in the debate, which has meaning to a broad array of organizational actors. I cannot help but wonder, is there something more significant about these kinds of highly visible events? Do they play a role in the communicative constitution of organization? How do these kinds of events compare (if at all) to the kinds of “communication events” that CCO scholars investigate?

I do not have many answers to these questions so far. My inclination is that visible public events may be important to explaining the constitution of organization-stakeholder relationships over time. In other words, maybe the meanings of these events constitute an organizational trajectory. I am open to hearing from other CCO folks. How has your own research approached these kinds of events? What is your opinion of the relationship between highly visible public events and the communicative constitution of organization?

OS Summer Workshop 2014 and Special Issue on Resistance

First here, then everywhere: Our dear colleagues from the journal Organization Studies will host their next OS Summer Workshop 2014 in Corfu/Greece on “Resistance, resisting, and resisters in and around organizations”. Furthermore, attached to the workshop, there will be a Special Issue of Organization Studies on the same topic (edited by Dennis Mumby, David Seidl, and others). Please find here the combined Call for Papers – hot off the press. From the editors, we’ve heard that they explicitly invite also submissions from the field of organizational communication studies and CCO-inspired works may have a very good fit, in particular…

CSR as aspirational talk

The recent special issue on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the journal Organization features an intriguing article by Lars T. Christensen, Mette Morsing, and Ole Thyssen on “CSR as aspirational talk”. The authors mobilize a CCO/Luhmannian perspective to develop the argument that CSR communication, like all kinds of language use, can have a performative charakter, i.e. communication instigates rather than merely reflects reality. Hence, projecting an (oftentimes futuristic) aspirational ideal through talk, even if not fully reflected in organizational practices, can indeed be an important resource of organizational sensemaking and learning, ultimately paving the way for social change. Enjoy reading the article which can be found here.