The idea that communication constitutes organization (CCO) comes in many flavors. You can have (and eat it, too) the omnipresent Montreal School with ties to French post-structuralism, McPhee’s four flows based on structuration theory, or Luhmann’s theory of social systems. Best of all, you can try out The Three Schools of CCO Thinking by reading our aptly named article just published in MCQ. Here’s the abstract:
The idea of the communicative constitution of organizations (CCO) has gained considerable attention in organizational communication studies. This rather heterogeneous theoretical endeavor is driven by three main schools of thought: the Montreal School of Organizational Communication, the Four-Flows Model (based on Giddens’s Structuration Theory), and Luhmann’s Theory of Social Systems. In this article, we let proponents of all three schools directly speak to each other in form of an interactive dialogue that is structured around guiding questions addressing the epistemological, ontological, and methodological dimension of CCO as a theoretical paradigm. Based on this dialogue, we systematically compare the three schools of CCO thinking and identify common grounds as well as key differences.
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From Nov. 12-14, 2014, the Doctoral School of Organization and Management Studies at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) features a new PhD course on “Investigating Hidden Organizing” (open for PhD students from all disciplines of the social sciences). The course is organized by Hans Krause Hansen and Dennis Schoeneborn (both CBS) and will feature special guests like Craig Scott (Rutgers U) and Jana Costas (FU Berlin/CBS). A special emphasis will lie on the role of communication in allowing for partial visibility of hidden organizations/organizing. Further information about the course can be found at the CBS website. Please put the word out (on the streets) – and/or get enrolled soon!