Communicative Constructionism: new book

Organizations as communicative constructions combines various streams of research, e.g. the Montreal school, the structurationist perspective and the Luhmannian interpretation. They share a common interest in the communicative construction of organizations. A new book published ahead of time (yeah, it’s one of these rare events that the book was announced to be published in 2013 and is already available – I wish that would happen more often!) discusses the topic of communicative constructionism: a concept derived and developed upon Berger & Luckmann’s classical 1967 work on the Social Construction of Reality. If you look very carefully at the cover of the book you see the hidden reference.

The editors – Keller, Knoblauch & Reichertz – are well known social scientists. Their common biographical thread is the ambition to push the knowledge of science to a more communicative approach. The volume covers diverse topics from a basic introduction towards applied research and case studies. For organization as communication especially interesting is the piece by Ortmann (2013) on the phenomenology of decision making.

Unfortunately the volume is published only in German but it can add to the growing movement towards a communicative agenda in social sciences.

Book Info: Reiner KellerJo ReichertzHubert Knoblauch (Eds.) (2013): Kommunikativer Konstruktivismus: Theoretische und empirische Arbeiten zu einem neuen wissenssoziologischen Ansatz. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. ISBN: 978-3-531-19796-8 (Print) 978-3-531-19797-5 (Online)