Brenda J. Allen Philip K. Tompkins University of Colorado
Stephen Busemeyer Northwest Colorado Daily Press
Studies of organizational communication date to antiquity. The Egyptians, for example, wrote a series of manuals to guide aspiring bureaucrats ( Redding & Tompkins, 1988). As an academic area, however, organizational communication is relatively new. From the time of its formal introduction in the 1950s, the area has "borrowed" heavily from numerous academic disciplines (e.g., industrial psychology, social psychology, organizational behavior, administrative science, contemporary rhetorical theory, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, political science, and the philosophy of science; Putnam & Cheney, 1985; Redding & Tompkins, 1988). Moreover, scholars from a variety of disciplines conduct research on organizational communication. Consequently, literature abounds on historical, theoretical, and methodological issues. Rather than exhausting relevant literature, this chapter discusses selected theoretical/conceptual frameworks and related research perspectives and examples.