Organizational Communication

Resources for the major in

Organizational Communication

Internet Links
Links of interest to students majoring in Organizational Communication:

Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), Nashville. Its mission is to create and sustain nonprofit excellence.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) . A network of professionals in corporate communication, media relations, human resources, community relations, and training.
MTSU Career and Employment Center -- Information about internships, jobs, resume writing, interviewing, and more.

Association for Experiential Education (AEE).  Dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilize its philosophy.

National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).  Serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide.

Association for Business Communication (ABC). Includes a consultants interest group and also committees studying intercultural and international issues. 
Tennessee Communication Association (TCA). Has an interest group in corporate/organizational communication.

National Communication Association (NCA). 

Prominent Names in Organizational Communication

Dr. W. Charles Redding (1914-1994). A renowned communication scholar known as the father of modern organizational communication, he was a professor at Perdue University. He is the author of several books including Communication Within the Organization and The Corporate Manager's Guide to Better Communication, and a prestigious award in his memory is given by the International Communication Association (ICA), the W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award in Organizational Communication.

Dr. Sue DeWine (, currently president of Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, has been a communication consultant and fund raiser. She was a professor of organizational communication and leadership at Ohio State University from 1985-2000, and is also a co-author of several books including Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, The Consultant's Craft, and Exploring Human Communication.

Dr. Cal W. Downs ( is known for his research and books on organizational communication analysis. He is best known for his work on communication audits and on communication satisfaction (with Dr. Michael D. Hazen,

Roger D'Aprix ( is vice president of ROI Communication consulting firm and has written numerous books on leadership and employee communication. He is the author of Communicating for Change: Connecting the Workplace with the Marketplace, Face-to-Face: Communicating for Leadership, Communicating for Productivity, and The Credible Company: Communicating with a Skeptical Workforce.

Additional scholars in Organizational Communication: 
Edgar Henry Schein – organizational culture
* J. Steven Ott – organizational culture, non-profit
* Katherine Miller – organizational communication
* William W Neher – organizational communication, diversity, ethics
* Michael J Papa – organizational communication, change
* Alan J Zaremba – organizational communication, crisis
* Pamela Shockley-Zalabak – organizational communication, teams
* Joann Keyton – organizational communication research, groups
* Dennis Mumby – organizational communication theory, research
* Eric M Eisenberg – organizational communication, identity
* Charles Conrad – strategic organizational communication
* Patricia Sias – organizing relationships
* Silvia Gherardi - gender, symbolism and organizational culture

Movies to See 
* Coming soon – How Starbucks' Saved My Life
* The Campaign (2012)
* Good Deeds (2012)
* The Iron Lady (2011)
* The Tree of Life (2011)
* Midnight in Paris (2011)
* The Informant (2009)
* Michael Clayton (2007)
* The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
* The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
* An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
* Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2006)
* Super Size Me (2004)
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
* The Laramie Project (docu-drama of the Matthew Shepard case) (2002)
* Remember the Titans (2000)
* Boiler Room (NY financial world, 2000)
* Pirates of Silicon Valley (2000)
* Erin Brockovich (2000)
* Silkwood (1999)
* A Civil Action (1999)
* Office Space (1999)
* The Insider (Brown and Williamson tobacco, 1999)
* GI Jane (1997)
* Courage Under Fire (1996)
* Apollo 13 (1995)
* Disclosure (1994)
* The Firm (1993)
* Philadelphia (1993)
* A League of Their Own (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1992)
* Hoffa (1992)
* Glengarry Glen Ross (real estate sales, 1992)
* A Few Good Men (1992)
* The Hunt for the Red October (1990)
* Glory (1989)
* Roger and Me (1989)
* Working Girl (1988)
* Wall Street (1987)
* Trading Places (1983)
* Brubaker (1980)
* Norma Rae (1979)
* Network (1976)
* How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967)
* The Apartment (1960)
* Meet John Doe (1941)
* Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Shows to Watch
60 Minutes CBS Sunday evenings 6:00PM CST

News to Listen to and to Read
Listen to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Read the front page section and the local news section of the Sunday newspaper.

Books and Resources for Organizational Communication Majors

  • General Organizational Communication
    • The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication , 1st edition, 2006.
    • The New Handbook of Organizational Communication: Advances in Theory, Research, and Methods , edited by Fredric M. Jablin and Linda L. Putnam. (2001). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.
    • Kramer, Michael W. (2003). Managing Uncertainty in Organizational Communication. Lawrence Erlbaum publishers.

  • Conflict Management
    • Carelli, Anne O'Brien. (2004). The Truth About Supervision: Coaching, Teamwork, Interviewing, Appraisals, 360 Degree Assessments, and Recognition. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.
    • Dana, Daniel. (2001). Conflict Resolution. New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Cloke, Kenneth, and Goldsmith, Joan. (2005). Resolving Conflicts at Work: Eight Strategies for Everyone on the Job. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
    • Folger, Joseph P., Poole, Marashall Scott, and Stutman, Randall K. (2008). Working Through Conflict. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
    • Isenhart, Myra Warren, and Spangle, Michael. (2000). Collaborative Approaches to Resolving Conflict. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications Inc.
    • Lubit, Roy H. (2004). Coping with Toxic Managers, Subordinates, and Other Difficult People. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: FT Press.
    • Negotiation (Harvard Business Essentials). (2003). Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Press.
    • Repa, Barbara Kate. (2007). Your Rights in the Workplace. Nolo.

  • Consulting
    • Sandlin, Eileen Figure. (2003). Start Your Own Wedding Consulting Business: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success. Entrepreneur Media Inc.
    • Silberman, Mel. (2001). The Consultant's Tool Kit. New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Walker, June. (2005). Self-Employed Tax Solutions. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press.
    • Weiss, Alan. (2004). Getting Started in Consulting. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Event Planning
    • Allen, Judy. (2002). The Business of Event Planning: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
    • Allen, Judy. (2000). Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives, and Other Special Events. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
    • Armstrong, James S. (2001) Planning Special Events. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
    • Getz, Donald. (2007). Event Studies: Theory, Research, and Policy for Planned Events. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.
    • Goldblatt, Joe. (2001). Special Events: Twenty-First Century Global Event Management. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
    • Kilkenny, Shannon. (2006). The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning. Florida: Atlantic Publishing Company.
    • Moran, Jill. (2004). How to Start a Home-Based Event Planning Business. Globe Pequot Press.
    • Silvers, Julia Rutherford. (2008). Risk Management for Meetings and Events. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.
    • Silvers, Julia Rutherford. (2004). Professional Event Coordination. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
    • Yee, Angela. (2003). The Christian Conference Planner: Organizing Effective Events, Conferences, Retreats, Seminars, and Workshops. Union City, CA: SummitStar Press.

  • Organizational Culture
    • Driskill, Gerald W., and Brenton, Angela Laird. (2005). Organizational Culture in Action: A Cultural Analysis Workbook. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications Inc.

  • Organizational Communication Research and Analysis
    • Campbell, Bruce. (2000). Listening to Your Donors. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
    • Downs, Cal W., and Adrian, Allyson D. (2004). Assessing Organizational Communication. New York: The Guilford Press.
    • Edwards, Jack E., Thomas, Marie D., Rosenfeld, Paul, and Booth-Kewley, Stephanie. (1997). How to Conduct Organizational Surveys. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.
    • Folkman, Joe. (1998). Employee Surveys That Make a Difference: Using Customized Feedback Tools to Transform Your Organization. Provo, UT: Novations Group.
    • Langford-Wood, Naomi, and Salter, Brian. (2002). Critical Corporate Communications. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd..
    • Rubin, Rebecca B., Palmgreen, Phillip, and Sypher, Howard E. (1994). Communication Research Methods: A Sourcebook. New York: The Guilford Press.

  • Student Affairs and Student Life
    • Sandeen, Arthur, and Barr, Margaret J. (2006). Critical Issues for Student Affairs: Challenges and Opportunities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.