This volume explores the concept of communication as it applies to organizational theory. Bringing together multiple voices, it focuses on communication’s role in the constitution of organization. Editors Linda L. Putnam and Anne Maydan Nicotera have assembled an all-star cast of contributors, each providing a distinctive voice and perspective.

The contents of this volume compare and contrast approaches to the notion that communication constitutes organization. Chapters also examine the ways that those processes produce patterns that endure over time and that constitute the organization as a whole. This collection bridges different disciplines and serves a vital role in developing dimensions, characteristics, and relationships among concepts that address how communication constitutes organization. It will appeal to scholars and researchers working in organizational communication, organizational studies, management, sociology, social collectives, and organizational psychology and behavior.


Chapter 1 Introduction: Communication Constitutes Organization

Linda L. Putnam, Anne M. Nicotera, and Robert D. McPhee

Chapter 2 The Communicative Constitution of Organizations: A Framework for Explanation

Robert D. McPhee and Pamela Zaug

Chapter 3 Agents Of Constitution In Communicad: Constitutive Processes of Communication In Organizations

Robert D. McPhee and Joel Iverson

Chapter 4 Constitutive complexity: Military entrepreneurs and the synthetic character of communication flows

Larry D. Browning, Ronald Walter Greene, S. B. Sitkin, Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, and David Obstfeld

Chapter 5 Dislocation and Stabilization: How to Scale Up from Interactions to Organization

François Cooren and Gail T. Fairhurst

Chapter 6 Organizing from the bottom up?: Reflections on the constitution of organization in communication

James R. Taylor

Chapter 7 Theory Building: Comparisons of CCO Orientations

Linda L. Putnam and Robert D. McPhee