The Emergent Organization
Communication as its Site and Surface
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Emergent Organization by James R. Taylor
Book DescriptionToday'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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805821932
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James R. Taylor
Communication as Organizing, Hardback (July 2006)
Provides a synthesis of the various lines of research on constituting organizations through communication. This book includes definitions and explanations of sophisticated issues for readers who may not have an understanding of the subject area. It is suitable for use in advanced seminars and graduate courses.
Emergent Organization, Paperback (November 1999)» View all books by James R. Taylor
A synthesis of insights gleaned from linguistic, semiotic, sociological and management theories. It presents an argument for communication-based organizational analysis that takes into account the structuring capacities of discourse.
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