Jason's New Blog

I know, after years of being asked to blog about communication, I've finally broken down and created a new blog. Please take a second and see what's going on with me, my research, or my opinions about various issues related to human communication, organizational communication, or workplace learning and human performance imrpovement. More...

Over the next few months, I have a number of new books coming out. In July, the 6th Edition of Communication Apprehension, Avoidance, and Effectiveness coauthored with Virginia P. Richmond and James McCroskey will be available (Published by Allyn & Bacon). In November the two-volume set on Workplace Communication published by Praeger will be available. Also in November, look for the 2nd edition of Quantiative Research Methods for Communication.

Organizational Communication: Practice, Research, and Theory


Comming Soon from Flat World Knowledge


The field of organizational communication has undergone an interesting history over the past century. Starting out as simple how-to manuals for business speaking and developing into the full-fledged discipline that it is today, organizational communication is a unique area of study with its own history, trends, and research methodologies. When selecting an organizational communication textbook, many professors struggle with finding a book that is theoretically strong, current, and relevant to their students. First, this book is going to examine both the historic and modern theories of organizational communication. While there will be clear theory chapters (Chapters 3 & 4), the book will also incorporate other theories throughout the book when examining various issues in the book. Second, this book is going to contain information about the history of the field while demonstrating the new ideas and avenues of research currently being undertaken. We believe that students should have a firm grasp of this history of the field, but they also need to know the current state of the field. Lastly, we want our book to be relevant to your students. One of the greatest challenges current professors have is teaching a generation of students more concerned with how knowledge will impact their lives than the process of learning. For this reason, we plan on incorporating our own personal anecdotes from working in various professions and using a variety of case studies to help students see how the information contained within the book is actually exhibited within the real working environment. Furthermore, each chapter ends with a set of discussion/review questions that ask students to relate the content of the chapter in an applied manner. In addition to being theoretically strong, current, and relevant to students, we also incorporated three clear directions within this book: an international focus, communication ethics, and the interdisciplinary tradition of organizational communication. In a world where “multinational corporation” is commonplace, preparing individuals for interacting with others around the world in organizations is increasingly important. Next, we think understanding how to communicate ethically within an organization is an extremely important tool. In a world where business ethics is clearly problematic, addressing the issue of ethics in organizational communication is paramount. Lastly, our book is going to embrace the interdisciplinary tradition of organizational communication. While we strongly believe that communication scholars add a unique perspective to the discussion of organizational communication, we also realize that there are many scholars in industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior, and organizational sociology that have strongly impacted our view of organizational communication and continue to add to the discussion of organizational communication. While this is a book that first, and foremost, examines organizational communication, we believe it is necessary to include numerous variables that appear in modern organizational communication research, but have not made their way into other organizational communication textbooks (e.g., organizational justice, organizational citizenship, organizational charlatanism, etc.).