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The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication

The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication
Advances in Theory, Research, and Methods

Third Edition
Edited by:

November 2013 | 848 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Organizational communication as a field of study has grown tremendously over the past thirty years. This growth is characterized by the development and application of communication perspectives to research on complex organizations in rapidly changing environments. Completely re-conceptualized, The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication, Third Edition, is a landmark volume that weaves together the various threads of this interdisciplinary area of scholarship. This edition captures both the changing nature of the field, with its explosion of theoretical perspectives and research agendas, and the transformations that have occurred in organizational life with the emergence of new forms of work, globalization processes, and changing organizational forms. Exploring organizations as complex and dynamic, the Handbook brings a communication lens to bear on multiple organizing processes.

Boris Brummans, François Cooren, Daniel Robichaud, James Taylor
Approaches to Research on the Communicative Constitution of Organizations
George Cheney, Lars Christensen, Stephanie Dailey
Communicating Identity and Identification in and Around Organizations
Erika Kirby, Patrice Buzzanell
Communicating Work-Life Issues: Policies, Practices, and Opportunities
Shiv Ganesh, Cynthia Stohl
Communication, Organizing, & Social Movements
Stanley Deetz, Elizabeth Rush
Conceptual Foundations: Theory Debate, Contested Histories, Generative Struggles
Dennis Mumby
Critical Theory and Postmodernism
Kirsten Broadfoot
Diverse Voices, Alternative Rationalities and (the) Spaces In-Between: Decolonizing Organizational Communication
Debashish Munshi
Diverse Voices, Alternative Rationalities and (the) Spaces In-Between: Decolonizing Organizational Communication and Other Adventures
Andrea Hollingshead, David Seibold, Kay Yoon
Embedded Teams
Sarah Dempsey, Kevin Barge
Engaged Scholarship and Democracy
Karen Ashcraft
Feminist Organizational Communication Theory
Marya Doerfel, Jennifer Gibbs
Field Research in Organizational Communication
Cynthia Stohl, Shiv Ganesh
Globalization and Social Justice Organizations
Vincent Waldron, Jeffrey Kassing
Incivility, Destructive Workplace Behavior, & Bullying
Ronald Rice, Paul Leonardi
Information & Communication Technologies in Organizations
John Lammers, Mattea Garcia
Institutional Theory: A Fertile Field for Organizational Communication
Patricia Sotirin
Introduction Section I: Theories of Organizational Communication
Patricia Riley
Introduction Section II: Research Methods in Organizational Communication Studies
James Barker
Introduction Section III: Communication & the Postbureaucratic Organization
Kathleen Krone
Introduction Section IV: Managing Organizational Knowledge, Meaning & Change
Steve May
Introduction Section V: Organizations, Stakeholders, & Conflict
Janet Fulk
Introduction Section VI: Examining the Organization-Society Relationship
Timothy Kuhn
Knowledge & Knowing in Organizational Communication
Gail Fairhurst, Stacey Connaughton
Leadership Communication
Karen Myers
Mixed Methods: When More Really is More
Laurie Lewis
Organizational Change and Innovation
Steve May, Juliet Roper
Organizational Communication, Ethics, and Responsibility
JoAnn Keyton
Organizational Culture: Creating Meaning and Influence
Gail Fairhurst, Linda Putnam
Organizational Discourse Analysis
Noshir Contractor, Michelle Shumate
Organizational Networks
Patricia Parker
Organizing and Difference
Sarah Tracy, Patricia Geist-Martin
Organizing Ethnography and Qualitative Approaches
Heather Zoller
Power & Resistance in Organizational Communication
Michael Kramer, Vernon Miller
Socialization and Assimilation: Theories, Processes, and Outcomes
Robert McPhee, Marshall Poole, Joel Iverson
Structuration Theory
Marshall Poole
Systems Theory
Katherine Miller
Organizational Emotions and Compassion at Work
Patricia Sias
Workplace Relationships
Dennis Mumby, Linda Putnam
The Future of Organizational Communication
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Key features


  • Expanded to 31 chapters (compared to 20 in the Second Edition), the Handbook has been completely restructured to reflect new research developments in the field.
  • New chapters and research arenas include, among others: Feminist Theory; Postcolonial Theory; Work-Life Issues; Organizational Emotions and Compassion; Incivility and Workplace Bullying; Engaged Scholarship; Organizing and Difference; Knowledge and Knowledge Management; and Community Organizing and Social Movements.
  • Introductory essays by section editors are included in each section of the volume.
  • The book brings a unique lens to bear on complex organizing processes by examining organizations as communication phenomena.


  • Comprehensive reviews of the most important theoretical perspectives and research agendas in the field of organizational communication help readers grasp key developments in the field.
  • Chapters written by leading scholars in organizational communication guarantee cutting-edge perspectives on each research arena discussed.
  • Chapters are written in a clear and comprehensible manner to provide beginning students an accessible point of entry to diverse areas of study.

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