Organizational Culture: The Trice & Beyer Way
Academic Editorials / Lecture Podcasts / Organizational Communication

Organizational Culture: The Trice & Beyer Way

In her last semester of teaching, I had the incredibly good fortune of having Jan Beyer’s Organizational Culture class at UT-Austin. One of my other classmates from the Organizational Communication Ph.D. program took the class as well. To be honest, she scared the hell out of us but it was one of the most interesting … Continue reading

Good resources for background research
Opinion / Research

Good resources for background research

In our crazy information rich world, it’s sometimes hard to evaluate ‘credible’ sources. I think it’s usually worth having a conversation about credible sources — especially when we seem to be increasingly debating ‘whose facts belong to whom’. Those opinions always cause me to cringe because information is value neutral… what we do with it … Continue reading

Reconceptualizing Mass Communication as Engagement: The Influence of Social Media
Academic Editorials / Opinion / Social Media

Reconceptualizing Mass Communication as Engagement: The Influence of Social Media

This editorial was first published in the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism and is re-posted under Creative Commons Attribution License. “For the legions of critics who had previously dismissed platforms like Facebook and Twitter as vapid troughs of celebrity gossip and selfaggrandizement, the toppling of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt suggested that these tools were as … Continue reading

The need for a better two-way relationship between researchers and practitioners
Academic Editorials / Opinion

The need for a better two-way relationship between researchers and practitioners

In 2011, I attended and presented research at an international gathering of 40 to 50 or so of the best researchers in crisis communication in the world. We had researchers from Asia, Europe, and North America attending and presenting their work in Denmark. In addition, the conference organizers worked to make sure this was an … Continue reading

Top 10 lists are for Letterman, not crisis communication
Academic Editorials / Crisis Communication / Opinion

Top 10 lists are for Letterman, not crisis communication

Enough with “pop” crisis communication already, ok? In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Hurricane Katrina (US), Japanese tsunami, Haitian earthquake, BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico…that is to say our crazy world today it seems like more and more people are hanging their shingle as crisis experts when they just are not. … Continue reading