Michael Kramer

Dr. Michael W. Kramer

Position: Chair and Professor
Education: PhD., Communication
University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Office Phone: 405-325-9503

Email: mkramer@ou.edu

Office: Burton Hall Room 102c
Office Hours: TR 1:00-2:30


Dr. Michael W. Kramer

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Classes Fall 2016 semester:

 COMM 6233 Small Group Processes

Academic Interests: Dr. Kramer is chair of the department and professor of organizational communication. His research interests focus on socialization/assimilation processes in organizations including a range of employee transitions from pre-entrance to exit; group processes especially leadership and decision-making; and voluntary membership and participation.

Dr. Kramer’s research has been recognized with six top paper awards, a top article award, and a special issue award in addition to a dissertation award at the beginning of his career. He has published two books, Managing Uncertainty in Organizational Communication (2004), and Organizational Socialization: Joining and Leaving Organizations (2010). He has published in journals such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication, Human Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, among others. He has published chapters in the Handbook of Communication Science and Handbook of Decision Making, in addition to a number of case studies.

Dr. Kramer taught at the University of Missouri for 19 years prior to coming to Oklahoma. He received three different teaching awards during that time.

Representative Publications:

Kramer, M.W. (2010). Organizational socialization: Joining and leaving organizations. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Kramer, M.W. (2011). Toward a communication model for socialization of voluntary members. Communication Monographs, 78, 233-255.

Kramer, M.W. (2011). A study of voluntary organizational membership: The assimilation process in a community choir. Western Journal of Communication, 75, 52-74.

Kramer, M. W. (2009). Role negotiations in a temporary organization: Making sense during role development in an educational theater production. Management Communication Quarterly, 23, 188-217.

Kramer, M.W. (2009). Managing uncertainty in work interactions. In T.D. Afifi & W. Afifi (Eds.), Uncertainty, information management, and disclosure decisions: Theories and applications. (pp. 164-181). London: Routledge.