The Agency of Organizing: Perspectives and Case Studies

The Agency of Organizing: Perspectives and Case Studies

By: Boris H. J. M. Brummans (editor)Paperback

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Winner of the National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division's 2018 Edited Book Award The Agency of Organizing explains why the notion of agency is central to understanding what organizations are, how they come into existence, continue to exist, or fade away, and how they function. Written by leading organizational communication scholars, the chapters in this edited volume present seven different theoretical perspectives on agency in the dynamics of organizing. Authors discuss how they conceptualize agency from their own perspective and how they propose to investigate agency empirically in processes of organizing by using specific methods. Through insightful case studies, they demonstrate the value of these perspectives for organizational research and practice.

About Author

Boris H. J. M. Brummans (PhD, Texas A&M University) is an Associate Professor in the Departement de Communication at the Universite de Montreal in Canada. His research interests include agency, the communicative constitution of organizations, mindful organizing, organizational conflict, and organizational ethnography. He has contributed chapters to several edited books and his articles appear in international peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Relations, Information, Communication & Society, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Management Communication Quarterly.


List of Illustrations Foreword: Theorizing Agency by Making the Implicit Explicit Linda L. Putnam Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Perspectives on the Agency of Organizing Boris H. J. M. Brummans 2. The Distribution of Decision Rights at ICANN: A Luhmannian Perspective on Agency Steffen Blaschke 3. Being Able to Act Otherwise: The Role of Agency in the Four Flows at 2-1-1 and Beyond Joel O. Iverson, Robert D. McPhee, and Cade W. Spaulding 4. Agency in Structurational Divergence and Convergence: Insights from Nursing Anne M. Nicotera 5. Targeting Alex: Brand as Agent in Communicative Capitalism Dennis K. Mumby 6. Releasing/Translating Agency: A Postcolonial Disruption of the Master's Voice among Liberian Market Women Kirsten J. Broadfoot, Debashish Munshi, and Joelle Cruz 7. Acting For, With, and Through: A Relational Perspective on Agency in MSF's Organizing Francois Cooren 8. Agential Encounters: Performativity and Affect Meet Communication in the Bathroom Karen Lee Ashcraft and Timothy R. Kuhn 9. Conclusion: Further Theoretical and Practical Reflections on Agency George Cheney and Dean Ritz About the Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781138655218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781138655218
  • weight: 378
  • ISBN10: 113865521X

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