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2013/2014  BA-1OCR  Introduction to organizational communication

English Title
Introduction to organizational communication

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Second Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Mareike Buss - Department of IT Mangement (ITM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
Last updated on 02-04-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • understand concepts and theories relevant to communication in organizational contexts,
  • analyze communication problems in organizations by drawing upon the scholarly literature introduced in the course: argue for the relevance of the chosen theoretical framework and explain and use the theoretical key concepts correctly,
  • produce good academic writing: clear, accurate, and precise prose and correct use of relevant terminology, and coherent structure of the paper, abd correct use of references.
Introduction to Organizational Communication:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The course aims at introducing organizational communication at a theoretical and practical level. Basic concepts, theories, and practices relevant to communication in organizational contexts are presented and critically discussed. The students are provided with an understanding of how communication flows within organizations are influenced by different factors, among others organizational structure and organizational culture.
Topics include:
  • Communication in bureaucratic and post-bureaucratic organizations
  • Organizational communication and culture
  • Social relationships at the workplace and network analysis
  • Communication in workgroups  
Teaching methods
Lectures and workshops
Expected literature
Cheney, G.; Christensen, L. T.; Zorn jr., T.E.; Ganesh, S. 2011. Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization. Issues, Reflections, Practices. 2ndedition. Long Grove, IL: Waveland.
In addition to the textbook the students will have to read selected journal articles and extracts from monographs (accessible as an e-compendium on CBS Learn).
Last updated on 02-04-2014