Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, Misunderstandings by Daniel P. ModaffOrganizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, Misunderstandings by Daniel P. Modaff

Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, Misunderstandings

byDaniel P. Modaff, Sue Dewine

Hardcover | March 15, 2002

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Modaff and DeWine's new undergraduate text, Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, offers a unique perspective on the field of internal organizational communication. The authors review the foundational material, but intersperse the discussions withexcerpts from interviews conducted with over 60 leaders and workers in a variety of organizations. A central feature of the text is the concept of misunderstandings, which highlights the idea that organizations are inherently problematic. This focus positions communication at the center of organizational life, and shows the reader how and why communication can serve to create and resolvemisunderstandings of all types. The authors advance a model, the Communicative Organization, which allows the reader to see the significance of communication to every aspect of organizational functioning. Benefits to instructors and students include: * The use of real-life problems as told by organizational leaders and workers to illustrate the material discussed in every chapter, which provides an easy mechanism for starting class discussions. * Chapters on realistic recruitment and organizational socialization, which are not typically found in other introductory organizational communication textbooks. * Integration of the concepts of gender and diversity throughout the text. * Discussions of current applications of theories and concepts as students have or will experience them. * A postscript that ties all of the material from the text together. * A writing style that is student-centered yet sufficiently challenging. * A dedicated website (created by Derek Lane, University of Kentucky, Lexington) to support the text is available at It includes chapter outlines, supplemental content, and suggested course syllabi. The site greatly facilitates use of the text for students. A PDFof corrected pages of the subject index from the first printing is also available at this site.
Daniel P. Modaff is at Ohio University. Sue DeWine is at Marietta College.
Title:Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, MisunderstandingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 6.89 × 10.12 × 0.79 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195330048

ISBN - 13:9780195330045


Table of Contents

Part One: FoundationsChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Classical Theories of OrganizationsChapter 3: Humanistic Theories of OrganizationsChapter 4: Systems TheoryChapter 5: Organizational Culture Theory and Critical TheoryChapter 6: The Communicative OrganizationPart Two: Challenges and MisunderstandingsChapter 7: Realistic RecruitmentChapter 8: Socialization of New MembersChapter 9: Conflict in the OrganizationChapter 10: Superior - Subordinate CommunicationChapter 11: Peer and Co-worker CommunicationChapter 12: Organizational TeamsChapter 13: Communication Technology in the OrganizationPostscriptIndexReferences