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.
|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|
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