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Forty Years of Organizational Communication

Forty Years of Organizational Communication
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Author(s): Philip J. Salem (Texas State University, USA) and C. Erik Timmerman (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 28
Source title: Transformative Practice and Research in Organizational Communication
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Philip J. Salem (Texas State University, USA) and Erik Timmerman (University of Wisconsin, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2823-4.ch001


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This essay begins with a description of the emergence of organizational communication as a discipline. The authors explain how Murray's notion of a discipline framed a 1976 organizational communication conference and two consequent conferences held twenty years apart. Because all three conferences featured the same distinctive way to present material, the conferences provided a unique opportunity to track the development of the discipline. This chapter provides a representative review of the organizational communication literature over 40 years as an historical context. This chapter begins by explaining Murray's categories, and the authors describe 40 year trends in the literature within each category. The authors end the chapter by highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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