Organization and Organizing
Materiality, Agency and Discourse
Edited by Daniel Robichaud, Francois Cooren
Routledge – 2013 – 256 pages
Recipient of the '2013 Top Edited Book Award', by the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association (USA)
This timely collection addresses central issues in organizational communication theory on the nature of organizing and organization. The unique strength of this volume is its contribution to the conception of materiality, agency, and discourse in current theorizing and research on the constitution of organizations. It addresses such questions as:
The work represents scholarship going on in various parts of the world, and features contributions that overcome traditional conceptions of the nature of organizing by addressing in specific ways the difficult issues of the performative character of agency; materiality as the basis of the iterability of communication and continuity of organizations; and discourse as both textuality and interaction. The contributions laid out in this book also pay tribute to the work of the organizational communication theorist James R. Taylor, who developed a view of organization as deeply rooted in communication and language. Contributors extend and challenge Taylor’s communicative view by tackling issues and assumptions left implicit in his work.
INTRODUCTION : Materiality, Agency and Discourse in the Constitution of Organization
PART I - THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENTS
PART II - EMPIRICAL EXPLORATIONS
With contributions from:
Linda L. Putnam
Anne M. Nicotera
Boris H.J.M. Brummans
James R. Taylor
Daniel ROBICHAUD is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Université de Montréal, Canada.
François COOREN is Full Professor in the Department of Communication, Université de Montréal, Canada. He is past president of the International Communication Association.