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San Diego Conference Highlights!

Posted By Michelle Fetherston, Monday, June 5, 2017

Hope all of the Org Comm division members who were able to attend the 2017 conference in San Diego had a great time! If you couldn't join us, no worries--here are some of the highlights from our division (and click here to view some photos from the business meeting)!

41 people attended our Doctoral Consortium Preconference, "Cultivating Local and Global Professional Identities", on Thursday, May 25. Thank you to Vice Chair Stacey Connaughton for coordinating such a successful event, and thank you to the following faculty mentors who participated:

 J. Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University
 Heather Canary, University of Utah 

Jeff Treem, The University of Texas at Austin

 William Barley, University of Illinois

Stacey Connaughton, Purdue University

Bart van den Hooff, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

 Brenda Berkelaar, The University of Texas at Austin

Janet Fulk, University of Southern California

Elizabeth Williams, Colorado State University

 Boris Brummans, University of Montreal

Amanda Porter, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Ted Zorn, Massey University

 Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University

Craig Scott, Rutgers University


Once again, the division conference sessions featured a variety of programming types, including the Research Escalator, Competitive Paper Panels, and B.E.S.T. (Brief, Entertaining Scholarly Talks, in which participants used unique and creative ways to share their research in less than 5 minutes!) The following individuals were gracious enough to help facilitate and evaluate these sessions:

 Research Escalator Mentors

Competitive Papers Panel Respondents Competitive Papers Panel Chairs  B.E.S.T. Respondents/Facilitators

François Cooren

Matt Koschmann

Joelle Cruz

Patty Sias

Michelle Shumate

Lars Christensen

Rahul Mitra

Patrice Buzzanell

Michael Etter

Amanda Porter

Kevin Barge

Jennifer Gibbs

Will Barley

Dennis Mumby

Kate Lockwood Harris

Dennis Mumby
Heather Zoller
Franzisca Weder
Michael Etter
Kumi Ishii
Nan Li
Josh Barbour
Vernon Miller
Kate Lockwood Harris
Martine van Selm






Keri Stephens
Stacey Connaughton
 Tajshen Campbell
Craig Scott
Hassan Abu Bakar
Jody Jahn
Claartje ter Hoeven Shawna Malvini Redden







Amanda Porter
Gail Fairhurst
Matt Koschmann
Paul Leonardi
Noshir Contractor
Connie Yuan
James Olufowote
Craig Scott
Nicolas Bencherki
Ted Zorn
Brenda Berkelaar
Dawna Ballard
Tyler Spradley
Will Barley
Jeff Treem

Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of our paper reviewers. Thank you to all who reviewed submissions this year:

Hassan Abu Bakar

Ana Alacovska

Lindsey Anderson

Yannick Atouba

Joshua Barbour

William Barley

Nicolas Bencherki

Brenda Berkelaar

Ryan Bisel

Jamie Bochantin

Boris Brummans

Jacqueline Bruscella

Patrice Buzzanell

Theresa Castor

Andy Chuang

Katherine Cooper

Francois Cooren

Stephen Croucher

Disraelly Cruz

Anupam Das

Bree Devin

Debalina Dutta

Michael Andreas Etter

Sandra Evans


Moyi Jia

Catrin Johansson

Kim A. Johnston,

Kerk F. Kee

Yang-Soo Kim

Catherine Kingsley Westerman

Lorraine Kisselburgh

Kathleen Krone

Chih-Hui Lai

Dan Lair

Anne Lane

Finn Frandsen

Cindy Gallois

Rebecca Gill

Hailey Grace Gillen Hoke

Davide Girardelli

Griselda Guillen

Kate Harris

Dini Homsey

Chun-ju Flora Hung-Baesecke

Andrew Ishak

Kumi Ishii

Miwa Ito

Eric James

Jaesub Lee

Sunny Lee

Nan Li

Ziyu Long

Yi Luo

Alana Mann

Sky Marsten

Frederick Matte

Kirstie McAllum

John McClellan

James McDonald

Vernon Miller

Colleen Mills

Rahul Mitra

James Olufowote

Greg Ormes

Casey Pierce

Andy Pilny

Amanda Porter

Leslie Ramos Salazar

Shawna Malvini Redden

Johanne Saint-Charles

Philip Salem

Craig Scott

Aaron Shaw

R. Tyler Spradley

Jeffrey Stafford

Maureen Taylor

Jeff Treem

Paaige Turner

Martine van Selm

Consuelo Vasquez

Joost Verhoeven

Michelle Violanti

Matthew Weber

Franzisca Weder

Celeste Wells

Elizabeth Williams

Laura Young

Norhafezah Yusof

Alaina Zanin

Jordan Ziemer

Guido Zurstiege






Waveland Press kindly donated $500 for our Top Interactive Display and Best of the B.E.S.T. award winners. Congratulations to:

  • Top Interactive Display: Vanessa Salazar & Stephanie Dailey: Welcome Aboard: Comparing The Impact of Unstructured vs. Structured Socialization on Newcomer Perceived Organizational Support, Engagement, and Identification.
  • Best of the B.E.S.T.: Kate Lockwood Harris (Materiality and CCO)
  • Best of the B.E.S.T.: Kumi Ishii (Leadership, Managers and Employees)
  • Best of the B.E.S.T.: Will Barley, Ly Dinh, Hallie McClung Workman & Chengyu Fang, (Networks and Social Media)
  • Best of the B.E.S.T.: Heather Zoller (Activism, Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organizations)

Our 2017 Top Papers:

  • Taking the Moral High Ground: Avoiding Accounts as a Practice for Being Uncompromisingly Principled - Jessica Sarah Robles, Loughborough University; Theresa R. Castor, University of
    Wisconsin - Parkside
  •  Team Safety Communication: Confronting Production Pressure in a High Reliability Organization – A Mixed Methods Study Jody Jahn, University of Colorado Boulder
  •  Collective Innovation Adoption across Interorganizational Systems: Organizational Boundary, Social Networks, and Decision-Making Status - *J. Sophia Fu, Northwestern University; Michelle Shumate, Northwestern University; Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern University
  •  Configuring Shared and Hierarchical Leadership through Authoring - Flemming Holm, Independent Researcher; *Gail Fairhurst, U of Cincinnati (Top Overall Paper)
  • Frontline Employees and the Medical Clinic Front and Backstage - Millie Harrison, William Roth Smith, Mackenzie Greenwell - University of Texas, Austin (Top Student Paper)

Congratulations as well to the following individual award winners:

  • Redding Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention: Maggie Boyraz (Advisor, Jennifer Gibbs)
  • Redding Dissertation Award: Peter Jensen (Advisor, Rebecca Meisenbach
  • Jablin Award: Kathy Krone, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Putnam Early Career Scholar Award: Jeff Treem, University of Texas, Austin

 That last award was also officially renamed the Linda L. Putnam Early Career Scholar Award at this year's conference in honor of a generous $25,000 endowment donated by Linda Putnam, to be used to support division members in the early stages of their careers. Thank you to Linda for your generosity and support of early career scholars!

Finally, we welcomed new officers: Division Secretary, Rebecca Gill of Massey University and Student Representative Millie Harris of University of Texas, Austin. Thank you again to our outgoing officers, Secretary Jennifer Gibbs and Student Representative Scott Banghart for all your contributions!

As you can see, it was quite a busy conference, and we hope to see you next year in Prague!

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12 Tips for New Division Members Attending This Year's Conference

Posted By Michelle Fetherston, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

12 Tips for New Division Members Attending This Year’s Conference

For many division members, ICA is a fun and familiar conference. But, some of our newest members (including many graduate students) may not know about what we do in this division or how best to take advantage of our offerings at the conference. Several of the current officers have provided these 12 pieces of advice:

  • Come to the division business meeting and reception--a great networking opportunity and a way to put names to faces. We have a free drink ticket reserved Meet new colleagues from across the globe. We have members attending from over 20 countries, yet ICA is still small and navigable—so take advantage of that.
  • Like previous years, we have an excellent set of posters that were selected for the Interactive Poster Session. Don’t miss this chance to directly discuss cutting edge Organizational Communication research with your colleagues.
  • Download the ICA 2017 app for your smart phone. It’s a great way to find organizational communication sessions to attend and keep track of your personal schedule on-the-go.
  • Don’t try to attend every panel—but pick and choose those that are of most interest to you. You can always contact an author later if you weren’t able to attend the session.
  • Get informed and entertained by your colleagues, and discuss their research, in the four B.E.S.T. sessions in which Brief (5 minutes) Entertaining Scholarly Talks are followed by 30 minute group discussions on related sets of papers.
  • Witness how junior researchers are coached by senior members of the division by joining the various discussions in the extended Research Escalator session.
  • We like to celebrate excellence, so be sure and attend the Top 4 Paper panel and cheer on the award winners at our business meeting. Maybe next year you’ll be one of them!
  • Come to the business meeting and see what opportunities we have for you to become involved in the division (as a paper reviewer or in some other role).
  • Although the main goal of the conference is to discuss research with fellow scholars, try to also join as many social events as you can (receptions, lunches, dinners, excursions) – it’s fun and you will get to know your colleagues in a different way.
  • Here (and here, and here, and here) are a couple of links to more general conference advice for newbies.
  • Don’t forget that we were all new members at some point—so don’t hesitate to make that introduction or ask that question. Our division members are generally very friendly!


See you all in San Diego!

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Sand Diego 2017 - Doctoral Consortium Reminder

Posted By Michelle Fetherston, Monday, April 3, 2017

This is to remind you that, as part of ICA’s 67th Annual Conference in San Diego, the Organizational Communication Division is organizing its Doctoral Consortium, bringing together PhD candidates working on Organizational Communication research with senior researchers in this area. There are still some spots available, so register now – or inform your students of this opportunity. Title: Organizational Communication Division Doctoral Consortium: Cultivating Local and Global Professional Identities

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Location: Conference Hotel
Registration Fee: $50.00 USD registration fee for doctoral students

This interactive preconference is an ICA Organizational Communication tradition! This full-day workshop brings together doctoral students and faculty to examine contemporary issues related to the development of our next generation of scholars. During this interactive session, faculty mentors will help advanced doctoral students think about how to develop their professional identities locally (in their home institutions and communities) and globally. We will address topics such as: (a) transitioning from graduate school to becoming a professional colleague; (b) cultivating one’s professional identity with novel research approaches; (c) publishing one’s work; (d) cultivating collaborations with new colleagues and disciplines; and (e) advancing identities related to teaching and engagement.

Faculty mentors include:

  • J. Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University
  • William Barley, University of Illinois
  • Brenda Berkelaar, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Boris Brummans, University of Montreal
  • Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University
  • Heather Canary, University of Utah
  • Janet Fulk, University of Southern California
  • Amanda Porter, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Craig Scott, Rutgers University
  • Jeff Treem, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Bart Van den Hooff, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Elizabeth Williams, Colorado State University
  • Ted Zorn, Massey University

No paper submissions necessary. Just come ready to engage, share, network, and learn! Our pre-conference should have a minimum of 20 students. We can accept up to 48 doctoral students. Acceptance will be on a first come, first serve basis. Special thanks to the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University and Professor Marifran Mattson, Head of School, for helping to sponsor this pre-conference. If you have any questions, please contact Stacey L. Connaughton, Purdue University, Vice Chair, Organizational Communication Division: 732.685.3907.

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