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.

Why Purdue for Organizational Communication?

  • We’ll work with you to design a personally-tailored plan of study that best suits your needs and interests and draws on Purdue’s strengths.

  • While you’re on campus, you’ll participate in a wide variety of stimulating courses in a wide variety of areas.

  • As a student in the Lamb School, you’ll work with award-winning and productive faculty and fellow graduate students on projects that establish new research agendas for our field.

  • You’ll collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders in the communication profession.

  • As a student and an educator, you’ll build a teaching portfolio that includes courses in undergraduate small group, organizational, and global workplace communication.

  • You’ll earn a degree from one of the top-ranked organizational communication programs in the nation.*

*Our Organizational Communication graduate program was ranked No. 4 in the country by ComVista and among the Top 10 in the National Communication Association’s 2004 reputational study. Our program tied for first place in the area of narrative by ComVista.

Program Faculty and Areas of Interest

  • Robin Clair: Narrative, rhetoric, diversity, nonprofits, critical-postmodern studies, ethnography

  • Stacey Connaughton: Identification, leadership, distributed organizing forms, peacebuilding

  • Natalie White: Online organizing and interaction, networks, emergency response systems, computational research methods

  • Seungyoon Lee: Organizational and social networks, organizational ecology, disaster resilience

  • Torsten Reimer: Decision making, groups and teams, consumer behavior, risk communication

  • Affiliated Faculty and Interests: Josh Boyd (Organizational rhetoric, legitimacy, trust, naming), Sorin Adam Matei (Social media, virtual marketing, online collaboration, communication technologies), Melanie Morgan (Consulting, arobin claging and organizations, employee wellness, emotion), Howard Sypher (Communication and new technologies, international organizations)

Selected Graduate Course Offerings

Organizational Communication Theory; Small Group & Team Processes; Decision Making; Leadership; Consulting; Organizational Identity & Identification; Social Network Analysis; Computational Research Methods; Rhetoric of Work; Gendered Organizing; Narrative Theory; Organizational Ethnography; Emotion in Organizations

Interdisciplinary Connections

Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center; Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance & Security; Center on Aging and the Lifecourse; Discovery Learning Research Center; Krannert School of Management; Psychological Sciences; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Purdue Policy Research Institute; Purdue Peace Project


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