ANZCA’s Organisational Communication Stream

Organizational communication addresses the world within organizations as well as how the organisation interfaces with the outside world and other organisations and stakeholders within this world. In recent times this field of study has not only engaged with the linguistic (See Alvesson & Kärreman, 2000) and discursive shifts (See Grant & Hardy, 2003) that have swept across the social sciences but also the ‘communication constitutes the organization’ perspective (CCO) (See Putnam & Cooren, 2004; Putnam & Nicotera, 2008; Robichaud & Cooren, 2013; Taylor & Van Every, 2000) and the notion of sociomateriality (See Arnaud, Mills, Legrand & Maton, 2016; Ashcraft, Kuhn & Cooren, 2009; Orlikowski, 2007, 2010; Jarzabkowski & Pinch, 2013).

This stream invites scholars to examine aspects of organisational communication from a CCO or sociomateriality perspective. It also invites scholars to consider how new technology, social media and new ways of working are helping to (re)constitute organisational communication. Below are some suggested questions/topics. This list should be treated as a guide only.

Suggestions for possible questions/topics

  • How are new management practices transforming organisational communication and thus the nature of organizing and the world of work?
  • How are social media transforming the rules of engagement within and around organisations?
  • What are the consequences of remote work practices on organisational communication?
  • How are short-term contracts and the ‘contractor culture’ shaping organisational communication?
  • How do mundane work tools ‘speak’ the values and beliefs of an organisation?
  • What are the consequences of a CCO perspective for organisational change?
  • How has the greater connectivity afforded by new communication technologies changed the balance of power in organisations and between organisations and their external stakeholders?
  • How are our beliefs about what matters with regard to organisational communication embodied in the artifacts we create?
  • How are digital forms of communicating constituting new forms of organisation?
  • Professional codes of practice, information management, privacy, transparency, copyright? What are the ethical implications of new information technologies for organisational communication?
  • What are the new challenges and opportunities for organisational communication in the face of globalisation and digitization?
  • Audit and design: What constitutes effective organisational communication, how do we measure it, and how can we design workplaces to achieve it?
  • How are organisations using communication strategies to take advantage of workforce diversity? Whose voices get heard?
  • How does the materiality of the workplace institute inequality and discrimination?
  • How do new technologies, social media, remote and nomadic ways of working, temporary employment contracts and temporary organisational structures impact on the communication and maintenance of collective and organisational identities?
  • In what ways is organisational communication becoming more paradoxical as it seeks to adapt to new ways of communicating and managing information?
  • In what innovative ways are organisations using social media to engage with stakeholders and how do we know these innovative practices make a difference?
  • How are new communication practices eroding the distinction between professional and private worlds and impacting on work- life balance?


    Alvesson, M. & Kärreman, D. (2000). Taking the linguistic turn in organizational research: Challenges, responses, consequences. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 36(2), 136–158.

    Arnaud, N., Mills, C. E., Legrand, C., & Maton, E. (2016). Materialising strategy in mundane tools: The key to coupling global strategy and local strategy practice? British Journal of Management, 27, 38-57.

    Ashcraft, K. L., Kuhn, T. R., & Cooren, F (2009). Constitutional amendments: Materializing organizational communication. Academy of Management Annals, 3(1), 1-64.

    Grant, D., & Hardy, C. (2003). Introduction: Struggles with organizational discourse. Organization Studies, 25(1), 5-13.

    Jarzabkowski, P., & Pinch, T. (2013). Sociomateriality is ‘the New Black’: Accomplishing repurposing, reinscripting and repairing in context. M@n@gement, 16(5), 579-592.

    Orlikowski, W. J. (2007). Sociomaterial practices: Exploring technology at work. Organizational Studies, 28(9), 1435-1448.

    Orlikowski, W. J. (2010). The sociomateriality of organizational life: Considering technology in management research. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34, 125-141.

    Putnam, L. L., & Cooren, F. (2004). Alternative perspectives on the role of text and agency in constituting organizations. Organization, 11(3), 323-333.

    Putnam, L.L., & Nicotera, A.M. (Eds.). (2008). Building theories of organization: The constitutive role of communication. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

    Robichaud, D. and F. Cooren (2013). Organization and Organizing. Materiality, Agency and Discourse, Routledge, New-York.

    Taylor, J. R. and E. J. Van Every (2000). The Emergent Organization. Communication as Site and Surface, Lawrence Erblaum Associates, Mahwah NJ.


Three types of contribution are invited: oral-only papers (abstract only required), full refereed paper for proceedings (abstract and then paper required) and panel presentation (abstract required).

Submit abstracts for oral-only papers, full paper presentations and panel proposals (200-500 words) by Friday 10 March through ANZCA2017 on the website using the EasyChair submission you will find there.

Include the following information in your abstracts:

  • Stream name
  • Title of presentation
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and affiliations
  • Email address(es) of presenter(s)
  • Refereed or non-refereed stream?


10 March 2017: Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations, full papers, panel and poster proposals
10 April 2017: Notification of acceptance and instructions emailed
8 May 2017: Deadline for full papers (refereed stream);
14 August 2017: Deadline for final revised papers accepted for publication in the proceedings and Early bird registration closes.
For more information on the Organisational Communication Stream, please email the Stream Coordinator Colleen Mills at