Organizational Communication

Organizational communication examines the relationships between communication and organizing through the study of discourse, meanings, symbols, and information flow. Situated in a preeminent engineering, science, and land grant institution of the Big 10, Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication’s Organizational Communication program aligns with the pragmatic historical foundations of the Redding Tradition as well as cutting-edge research on global, virtual, new media, and policy considerations within intra- and interdisciplinary research contexts.

Reasons to Study Organizational Communication at Purdue

  • Design a personally-tailored plan of study that suits your interests and draws on Purdue’s strengths;

  • Participate in stimulating courses covering a wide variety of areas;

  • Work with award-winning and productive faculty and fellow graduate students on projects that establish new research agendas for our field;

  • Collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders in the communication profession;

  • Build a teaching portfolio that includes courses in undergraduate small group, organizational, and global workplace communication;

  • Obtain a degree from one of the top-ranked communication programs in the nation.

Our graduate program in Organizational Communication was rated among the Top 10 in the country in the National Communication Association’s 2004 reputational study of doctoral programs!

Faculty Interests

  • Organizational rhetoric, legitimacy, trust, naming: Josh Boyd, Ph.D.

  • Career issues and strategies, leadership, work-life policies, resilience, gender: Patrice Buzzanell, Ph.D.

  • Organizational rhetoric, diversity issues, narrative theory, critical-postmodern studies, interpretive methods: Robin Clair, Ph.D.

  • Identification, leadership, distributed organizational forms, political parties: Stacey Connaughton, Ph.D.

  • Organizational and social networks, organizational ecology, communication technologies: Seungyoon Lee, Ph.D.

  • Social media, virtual marketing, online collaboration, communication technologies: Sorin Matei, Ph.D.

  • Consulting and training, cognition and communication skills, aging and organizations: Melanie Morgan, Ph.D.

  • Decision Making, Cognitive Processes, Groups and Teams: Torsten Reimer, Ph.D.

  • Communication and new technologies, international organizations: Howard Sypher, Ph.D.

Selected Course Offerings

Organizational Communication Theory; Small Group & Team Processes; Leadership; Conflict & Negotiation; Consulting; Rhetoric of Work; Social Network Analysis; Collaboration & Innovation; Decision Making; Technology, Organizations, and Careers; Gendered Organizing; Organizational Identity & Identification

Interdisciplinary Affiliations of Organizational Communication Faculty

Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center; Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance & Security; Discovery Learning Research Center; Engineering Projects in Community Service; Krannert School of Management; Psychological Sciences; Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


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