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How Does Communication Shape Organizations?
Marshall professors receive book award for emerging research on business communication
November 19, 2012 • by News at Marshall

Two USC Marshall faculty members have been honored for a book they co-edited that offers cross-disciplinary perspectives on how communication shapes organizations and the people within them.

“Discourse Perspectives on Organizational Communication,” by Jolanta Aritz and Robyn Walker, both associate professors of clinical management communication, received the 2012 Distinguished Publication in Business Communication from the Association for Business Communication. They were recognized at the organization’s annual conference, held Oct. 24-27 in Honolulu.

In the book, 19 professors from the United States and abroad provide essays on how communication affects everything from business administration, strategy and management to its role in applied linguistics, law, and information systems and innovation.

“The award is testament that this relatively young field has grown and strengthened in research acumen by drawing from the traditions of U.S.-based organizational research and the European-based tradition of discourse analysis,” Aritz said.

Added Walker: “The award is recognition of the fine scholarly work that is being done in business communication and related fields to contribute to our understanding of organizational phenomenon, and how it can be approached from a different perspective that complements traditional management and organizational approaches.”

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