On being less theoretical and more technological in organizational communication

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This commentary reflects on Mumby and Stohl's essay "Disciplining Organizational Communication Studies." The author argues that Mumby and Stohl's desire to create a "birth" story for the discipline caused them to overlook two important trends among its scholars that may work to undermine the discipline's relevance: overvaluing theory relative to the empirical study of communication behavior and resisting technology both as a subject and a tool. Organizational communication scholars should work against tendencies to maintain the currency of their research enterprise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-338
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Behavior
  • Observation
  • Organizational communication
  • Research methods
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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