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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 17 Organizational Information Theory a.k.a. Sensemaking COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 3/23/11 Org Comm: Views 1. “Container” Metaphor (early theory): Communication as distinct phenomenon that takes place in organizations Focus on information transfer and transmission (linear view) Organizations as sites of stability, clarity, and consensus Communication as simple, straightforward, neutral, rational Critique: organizations are dynamic and members actively create meaning Org Comm: Views 2. Constitutive View (Weick): We create organizations through communication, conversing = organizing Organizations are dynamic and socially constructed, produced and reproduced by communication, not stable containers Orgs have shared goals but also conflict and difference Communication is complex, involving contested meanings, serving particular interests – not always rational Overview of Weick’s Theory...
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Theiss during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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Comm 200 LN 0323_handout - Chapter 17 Organizational...

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