ERIC Number: ED222944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Communication as Cultural Performance.
Pacanowsky, Michael E.; O'Donnell-Trujillo, Nick
For several years, the "systems" metaphor has guided organizational communication research. Recently, however, a sizable number of management and organizational communication scholars have explored another guiding metaphor--that of organizational culture. Present notions of organizational culture tend to focus on static, structural features of culture, and current research is often content to document the existence of such cultural features as organizational jargon, stories, ideologies, and strategic knowledge. Such a focus, although valuable, overlooks the cultural processes by which these structures are created, maintained, and transformed. Process notions can be introduced into the understanding of organizational culture by examining organizational communication as cultural performance. A look at five such performances described in current literature--performances of ritual, passion, sociality, politics, and enculturation--reveals that these are auspicious starting places for empirical research. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Organizational Culture
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).