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.

Structuration Theory

Structuration theory
Marshall ScottPoole
Robert D.McPhee

Some ideas and events can be attributed to the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, rather than to any single scholar or group. Structuration is one such idea.

Starting in the early 1960s, there was a debate in many disciplines on the relationship of human behavior and communication to social structures. The most prominent line of social scientific communication scholarship at this time was based on social psychology and searched for causes of behavior such as underlying dispositions and attitudes, external cues such as messages, and contextual factors such as interpersonal relationships and status. This research searched for general relationships using experimental and survey methods and emphasized statistical analysis. One problem with this school of thought was that it tended to ...

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