TravisMathenyUnit2ProjectCM410

TravisMathenyUnit2ProjectCM410 - Organizational...

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Organizational Communication 1 Running head: CREATIVITY AND CONSTRAINT Organizational Communication: Organizing One's Life through Creativity and Constraint Travis H Matheny Organizational Communication CM410-01 Kaplan University Professor Dorothy Williams Ph.D. February 6, 2011
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Organizational Communication 2 Organizational Communication: Organizing One's Life through Creativity and Constraint The definition of organizational communication as balancing creativity and constraint focuses on how individuals use communication to work out the tension between working within the constraints of pre-existing organizational structures and promoting change and creativity (Eisenberg, Goodall, & Trethewey, 2010). For example, assume that an organization was undergoing a major change initiative. An information transfer approach to organizational communication would require change messages to be sent clearly too all members in the organization (Nemeth, 2008). A social constructionist approach would focus on creating patterns of language use that would generate the desired change (i.e., to create a team-based organization, organizational members need to talk in the language of teamwork) (Smith & Turner, 1995). An
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