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Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives is a book unlike any in the field. Each chapter is written by a prominent scholar who presents a theoretical perspective and discusses how he or she “engages” with it, personally examining what it means to study organizations. Rejecting the traditional model of a “reader,“ this volume demonstrates the intimate connections among theory, research, and personal experience. Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research is an indispensable resource for anyone wishing to be familiar with current trends in the field of organizational communication.

Introduction: Thinking about Engagement
Introduction: Thinking about engagement
Dennis K.Mumby

When we first discussed this project, one of the things we both agreed upon was that we didn't want to end up with a typical, “run-of-the-mill” reader. Many volumes out there do an admirable job of covering the various perspectives that exist in a given discipline. We wanted to produce a volume that presented the different perspectives that are current in the field of organizational communication, but we had a somewhat different agenda. Rather than provide a set of “overview” chapters, each of which surveyed a particular body of research, we wanted to bring together a group of prominent scholars, each of whom can write in interesting ways about how they “engage” with the research tradition out ...

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