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.

Critical Theory

Critical theory

Concepts from critical theory have been widely used to support studies of the structures, social relations, and practices in work organizations. Many studies have identified systems and practices of inappropriate control and distorted decision making and have detailed the costs of these for people, organizations, and host societies. Other studies have provided models to foster the development of wider and more democratic participation in organizational decision making, hoping to make organizations more representative of the different interests of workers and other stakeholders and more responsible to the wider community. Critical studies range in focus from macro (relations to the larger society) to micro (practices internal to specific organizations and situated in contexts). Of central concern have been efforts to understand the relations ...

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