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The Emergent Organization : Communication As Its Site and Surface - James R. Taylor

The Emergent Organization

Communication As Its Site and Surface

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780805821932
Number Of Pages: 368

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Today's organizations face a wide variety of challenges, including such contradictions as maintaining unity of action while becoming increasingly diverse. Even the definition of organization is changing and evolving. In this monograph, the authors apply their academic and professional experience to address the notion of organization, setting forth communication as the essential modality for the constitution of organization--explaining how an organization can at the same time be both local and global, and how these properties which give organization continuity over time and across geographically dispersed situations also come to be manifested in the day-to-day of human interpersonal exchange.
As a radical rethinking of the traditional discourse approaches in communication theory, this book develops a conceptual framework based on the idea that organization emerges in the mix of conversational and textual communicative activities that together construct organizational identity. Applying concepts from the philosophy of language, linguistics, semiotics, system design, sociology and management theory, the authors put forth a convincing argument demonstrating the materiality of language and its constructive role in organization and society.

Prefacep. ix
Theory of Communicationp. 1
Organizational Communication: a New Lookp. 3
Communication as Coorientationp. 33
How the a Priori Forms of Text Reveal the Organizationp. 69
Language as Technology and Agentp. 105
Theory of Organizationp. 137
Reinterpreting Organizational Literaturep. 139
from Symbol Processing to Subsymbolic Socially Distributed Cognitionp. 173
Conversation Transformed: Organizationp. 207
Reenacting Enactmentp. 243
Why """"In""""? of Maps, Territories, and Governancep. 276
Referencesp. 327
Author Indexp. 341
Subject Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780805821932
ISBN-10: 0805821937
Series: Lea's Communication (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.15  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1