Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Meeting rooms and corridors: How different narratives constitute organizations
by Sunaga, Sofia Yuri, M.A., Georgetown University, 2012, 122; 1508950
Abstract (Summary)

In this work I propose the use of two different theoretical lenses to analyze the discussions around the communicative constitution of organizations (CCO): Fisher's narrative paradigm (1987) and a systems view of communication. With the support of these two perspectives, I investigate the location and relevance of different micro exchanges taking place within an organization, the Inter-American Development Bank. More specifically, I examine how the differences and similarities between official and informal conversations influence the constitution of organizations themselves. I conclude that under specific conditions informal communication is more accurately perceived when considered as a strategic space and a channel required for the survival of organizations. In this regard, informal conversations within the CCO perspective become much more than an unidentified and perhaps irrelevant aspect of organizations, but rather a necessary condition for the communicative constitution of organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Turner, Jeanine
Commitee: Garcia, Linda
School: Georgetown University
Department: Communication, Culture & Technology
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Communication, Systems science
Keywords: Communicative constitution of organizations, Informal communication, Narrative, Official communication, Organizational communication, Systems science
Publication Number: 1508950
ISBN: 978-1-267-29024-3
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