Organizational Communication and Applied Communication Research

Parallels, Intersections, Integration, and Engagement

Authored by: David R. Seibold , Daisy R. Lemus , Dawna I. Ballard , Karen K. Myers

Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research

Print publication date:  June  2009
Online publication date:  July  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805849837
eBook ISBN: 9780203871645
Adobe ISBN: 9781135231798


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At least since the mid-20th century, most members of Western societies have earned a living doing jobs that are in organizations in those countries; today, most of those citizens earn a living by doing jobs that either are in or associated with organizations (Bridges, 1995). Organizations, thus, are significant for persons’ lives and livelihoods, and, consequently, organizational communication scholars undertake the description, understanding, and critique of communicative practices in organizational life—especially the complex issues involved in contemporary organizations and organizing. Those researchers are concerned not only with internal organizational communication processes but also with interorganizational interactions, as well as organizations and discourses in social institutions and globally. The organizational communication area, therefore, is rich with opportunities for applied scholarship.

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