Organizational Communication Interest Group


Stacey L. Connaughton, Vice Chair
The Brian Lamb School of Communication
Purdue U
Beering Hall, Room 2114
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098, USA
Phone: +1 765.494.9107

The Organizational Communication (OC) Division invites your submissions to our annual conference. We focus on the analysis, understanding, and critique of communication practices, processes, and technologies within and between organizations. OC division members theorize about and study organizing in all sectors of society (public, private, nongovernmental/nonprofit, informal, etc.). The division recognizes the value of multiple methodologies and supports work from a wide range of paradigmatic perspectives. Though we encourage theory-based work, we also value applied and engaged scholarship. Topics of interest to OC division members range from micro-analysis of organizational phenomena to macro-analysis of organizational processes. The OC division will consider three types of submissions that align with the above description of our focus:

1. PAPERS: FULL-LENGTH SCHOLARLY PAPERS should be completed papers with no more than 25 double-spaced pages for the body of the paper (excluding abstract, tables, figures, endnotes, and references) using standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins and 12-point font. Please do not exceed this page limit, as we will not review papers that exceed that limit. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Paper should be anonymous: authors are expected to take efforts to conceal their identity from reviewers (e.g., no title page, no names in file properties, and appropriate concealment when citing their own work). Papers not meeting this criterion will not be reviewed. Papers authored solely by a student or students (must be a student without a Ph.D. as of the submission deadline) should indicate that when submitting to the program planner, but not in the paper itself. Only full length scholarly papers are eligible for various division awards (including a top paper panel and top student paper recognition). We also provide a cash award to the top interactive display presentation (i.e., poster presentation), and thus encourage submitters to indicate a willingness or preference to present their scholarly paper as an interactive display. Please provide keywords as requested to help us guide your work to the most appropriate reviewers.

2. PANELS: PANEL PROPOSALS should include a title, a rationale of 400 words maximum, a 75-word description for the conference program, and up to 150 words describing each panelist and his/her paper/presentation (be sure to list all participants and their institutions). Proposals for roundtable discussions should be submitted as a panel proposal. We encourage panel submissions that include authors from multiple institutions and/or multiple countries. We welcome panels connecting organizational communication to the conference theme—but encourage members to consider submitting separate conference theme panels (rather than to our division) if appropriate.

3. EXTENDED ABSTRACTS: “RESEARCH ESCALATOR” PAPERS are in an extended panel session, which provides an opportunity for less experienced researchers to discuss and get feedback from more veteran scholars about a paper-in-progress (with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal). Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (2-3 double-spaced pages, plus references); if accepted, participants are expected to send the full paper to the scholar(s) assigned to their paper no later than 6 weeks before the convention. Anyone can submit an abstract for the Research Escalator session; however, we especially encourage graduate students and/or people inexperienced with the journal publishing process to submit. 

Please note that we will not review more than 3 submissions by the same person either as sole author or coauthor. For the Research Escalator session, we will not review more than 1 abstract authored by the same person either as sole author or coauthor. Thus, you may be listed as an author/participant on a maximum of 3 papers and/or panels OR 1 research escalator abstract plus 2 papers and/or panels. Any submission you make comes with the professional expectation that you will present that work as a registered attendee at the conference if it is accepted by the division.

Thank you for considering the OC division as you submit your work to this conference.