SAM Seminar: Communication in and around organizations: an institutional perspective

When:3 Oct 2017, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Renate Meyer, Vienna University
Communication in and around organizations: an institutional perspective

It is generally acknowledged in organizational institutionalism that communication and language play a central role both within organizations and in their broader relevant environment. Phenomenological approaches to institutions even suggest that communication is constitutive of organizations. Consequently, organizations, their identities, boundaries, and legitimacy, as well as changing management fashions about ‘modern’ organizational forms and practices, are constantly constructed, negotiated, and transformed through communication with multiple audiences in varying communication arenas. Such vital role of communication in and around organizations does not only pose many relevant conceptual questions, but entails considerable methodological challenges for organization research. Both aspects highlight the potential of drawing on insights from linguistics and discourse studies. I will discuss these developments and provide examples from recent studies as illustration. I will explicitly point to research investigating the structural aspects of organizational discourse, and to the need to include modes of communication that go beyond verbal text, such as images, video, and music, as well as their interactions, in the social construction of organizational meaning.

Renate E. Meyer is the Chair of Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is also a Permanent Visiting Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, and Co-Director of the Research Institute for Urban Management & Governance at WU. She focuses on meaning structures and has recently studied structural forms of institutional pluralism, institutions as multimodal accomplishments, novel organizational forms and patterns of management ideas, mostly in areas of urban governance challenges. Renate works with mixed empirical methods such as correspondence analysis or semantic network analysis. She is a Senior Editor for Organization Studies and has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, or Public Administration, and has also (co-)authored several books and book chapters.

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