The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives
Chapter 32: Organizational Communication as Process
Organizational Communication as Process
Communication as a field of study, and organizational communication as one of its subfields seems, at first sight, naturally predisposed for understanding and analyzing processually the organizational world. In comparison to their sister disciplines – sociology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, management, etc. – communication studies are, indeed, supposed to focus on specific activities – communicating, interacting, connecting, cooperating, diffusing, transmitting, etc. – that require approaches that do justice to their ongoing nature. Despite this obvious predisposition, most current research devoted to communication in general, and organizational communication in particular, tends to prioritize product over activity; the outcome of these activities rather than what is taking place or happening to produce such results (Taylor, 2009).
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