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COMM 144F Organizational Communication

Time: TTh 1:30 to 2:45
Location: HGH 223

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This course presents a variety of perspectives on organizations and the process of organizing. During the semester, we will attempt to understand organizations by thinking about them metaphorically: organizations as machines, as biological organisms, as cultures, as political systems, and as instruments of domination. Each metaphor we employ reveals different things about the role of communication as people go about the process of creating and sustaining organizations. For example, the way people communicate at work depends partly on whether they experience or understand their organizations as machines, or biological organisms, or cultures, or something else. And the reason they experience or understand their organizations as one or the other is often because they-along with most of the rest-speak about it and enact it in precisely those terms.