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or to check the status
of your application, contact:

Kathy Martin
Academic Counselor
University of Oklahoma
Department of Communication
610 Elm Ave, Rm.110
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: 405-325-7710
Fax: 405-325-7625

Dr. Amy Johnson
Graduate Liaison
Associate Professor

Dr. Claude Miller
Director of Advanced Programs
Associate Professor

Organizational Communication

The study of organizational communication explores the communication processes by which individuals create, develop, and maintain voluntary, health, government, education, and for-profit groups and organizations. Students become familiar with the scholarship on leadership, decision making, culture, socialization, supervisor and peer communication, use of technology, and other topics. Students receive training in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to be able to conduct research and complete a thesis or dissertation depending on their research interests.

The Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma were sponsors of the 25th Anniversary Organizational Communication Mini Conference. We were pleased to continue this important tradition in the organizational communication field. You can learn more by visiting the website using this link.

Typical Graduate Level Course Offerings:

Comm 5333 Organizational Communication
Comm 5353 Conflict Management
Comm 5363 Communication and Technology
Comm 5375 Communication and Leadership
Comm 6233 Small Group Processes
Comm 6423 Communication in Health Organizations
Comm 6023 Communication Research Task Groups
Comm 6960 Directed Readings

Current Faculty with Research and/or Teaching Interests:

Michael Kramer
Claude Miller (Risk and Crisis Communication)
Ryan Bisel
James Olufowote
Sunny Lee
Justin Reedy (Small Group Communication)

Recent Dissertations in Organizational Communication:

Elizabeth Minei. Leadership concerns: Discursive framing within the disengagement/growth phase of a small business. (Defended April 2013, Dr. Michael Kramer, Advisor).

Dini M. Homsey. How memorable socialization messages from within cultural communities shapes adult meaning attributions about work: The case of Lebanese-Americans. (Defended April 2013, Dr. Ryan S. Bisel, Advisor).

Nicole A. Ploeger. Confronting and Defending Unethical Organizational Behavior: Communication and Ethical Sensegiving (Defended April, 2011. Dr. Ryan S. Bisel, Advisor).

See: Ploeger, N. A., & Bisel, R. S. (2013). The role of identification in giving sense to organizational wrongdoing: Defending the organization. Management Communication Quarterly, 27, 155-183.
Katherine M Kelley. Leader-to-Member Trust Model: On the Pervasiveness of Doubt in Effective Leadership Communication. (Defended September, 2011. Dr. Ryan S. Bisel, Advisor).

See: Kelley, K. M., & Bisel, R. S. (2014). Leaders’ narrative sensemaking during LMX role negotations: Explaining how leaders make sense of who to trust and when. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 433-448.

Recent and Representative Faculty and Graduate Student

Publications in Organizational Communication:

Bisel, R. S. & Arterburn, E. N. (2012). Making sense of organizational members' silence: A sensemaking-resource model. Communication Research Reports, 29, 217-226.

Bisel, R. S., & Barge, J. K. (2011). Discursive positioning and planned change in organizations. Human Relations, 64, 257-283.

Bisel, R. S., Barge, J. K., Dougherty, D. S., Lucas, K., & Tracy, S. J. (2015). A round-table discussion of “big” data in qualitative organizational communication research. Management Communication Quarterly.

Bisel, R. S., Kelley, K. M., Ploeger, N. A., & Messersmith, J. (2011). Workers’ moral mum effect: On facework and organizational ethics. Communication Studies, 62, 153-170.

Bisel, R.S., & Kramer, M.W. (2014). Denying what workers believe are unethical workplace requests: Do workers use moral, operational, or policy justifications publicly? Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 111-129.

Bisel, R. S., & Messersmith, A. S. (2012). Organizational and supervisory apology effectiveness: Apology-giving in work settings. Business Communication Quarterly, 75, 426-449.

Bisel, R. S., Messersmith, A. S., & Kelley, K. M. (2012). Supervisor-subordinate communication: Hierarchical mum effect meets organizational learning. Journal of Business Communication, 49, 128-147.

Kelley, K. M., & Bisel, R. S. (2014). Leaders’ narrative sensemaking during LMX role negotations: Explaining how leaders make sense of who to trust and when. Leadership Quarterly, 25, 433-448.

Koschmann, M., Bisel, R., Botero, I., Lin, C., Olufowote, J., Perriton, L.,…Wieland, S. (2012). An eye for an I—Thoughts about Management Communication Quarterly from the next generation. Management Communication Quarterly, 26, 656-681.

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 acommunity choir. Western Journal of Communication, 75, 52-74.

Kramer, M. W., & Crespy, D. A. (2011). Communicating collaborative leadership. Leadership Quarterly, 22, 1024-1037.

Kramer, M. W., & Dougherty, D. S. (2013). Groupthink as communication process, not outcome. Communication and Social Change, 1, 44-62.

Kramer, M. W., Lewis, L. K., & Gossett, L. M. (Eds.). (2013). Volunteering and communication: Studies from multiple contexts. New York: Peter Lang.

Kramer, M. W., & Hoelscher, C. S. (2014). Promotions and transfers. In V.D. Miller & M. Gordon (Eds.), Meeting the challenge of human resource management: A communication perspective (pp. 64-75). New York: Routledge.

Kramer, M. W., Meisenbach, R. J., & Hansen, G. J. (2013). Communication, uncertainty, and volunteer membership. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 18-3

Kramer, M. W., & Miller, V.D. (2014). Socialization and assimilation: Theories, processes, and outcomes. In L.L. Putnam & D.K. Mumby (Eds.), The Sage handbook of organizational communication (pp. 525-547). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kramer, M. W., & Sias, P. S. (2014). Interpersonal relationships and organizational communication. In C. R. Berger (Ed.) De Gruyter Mouton handbook of interpersonal communication (pp. 467-491). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter.

Lee, S. (2010). Structurational model of virtual team work. International Journal of the Humanities, 8(1), 73-90.

Meisenbach, R. J., & Kramer, M. W. (2014). Volunteer membership, identification, and identity in a community choir. Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 187-213.

Minei, E., & Bisel, R. S. (2013). Negotiating the meaning of team expertise: A firefighter team’s epistemic denial. Small Group Research, 44, 7-32.

Olufowote, J. O. (2014). Virtue training in medical schools: The perspective of behavioral science course directors. Health Communication. Advance online publication: doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.861307

Olufowote, J. O. (2014). Organizations and health. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication (Volume 2, pp. 1007-1010). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Olufowote, J. O. (2011). A dialectical perspective on informed consent to treatment: An examination of radiologists's dilemmas and negations. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 839-852.

Olufowote, J. O. (2010). Informed consent to treatment's sociohistorical discourse of traditionalism: A structural analysis of radiology resident's accounts. Health Communication, 25, 22-31.

Ploeger, N. A., & Bisel, R. S. (2013). The role of identification in giving sense to organizational wrongdoing: Defending the organization. Management Communication Quarterly, 27, 155-183.

Ploeger, N. A., Kelley, K. M., & Bisel, R. S. (2011). The hierarchical mum effect: A new investigation of organizational ethics. Southern Communication Journal, 76, 465-481.

Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Gabbay, M. (2013). Terrorism and small groups: An analytical framework for group disruption. Small Group Research, 44, 599-626.

Tan, C. L., & Kramer, M. W. (2012). Communication and voluntary downward career changes. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 40, 87-106.