Organizational Communication Division

Conference Call for Papers

Timothy Kuhn, Organizational Communication Division Chair

Department of Communication

University of Colorado Boulder

270 UCB

Boulder  CO  80309-0270


The Organizational Communication (OC) Division invites your submissions to our annual conference. We focus on the analysis, understanding, and critique of communication practices within, between, and constituting organizations. OC division members theorize about and investigate organizing in all sectors of society (public, private, nongovernmental/nonprofit, movement, informal, alternative, etc.). The division recognizes the value of multiple methodologies and supports work from a wide range of paradigmatic perspectives. We encourage and value theory-driven work alongside applied/engaged scholarship. Topics of interest to OC division members range from micro-analysis of organizing phenomena to macro-analysis of institutional processes--and increasingly include efforts to transcend the micro-macro dichotomy. 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. 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 (for 2021, the conference theme is “Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice”)—but encourage members to consider submitting separate conference theme panels (rather than to our division) if appropriate.

3. EXTENDED ABSTRACTS: “RESEARCH ESCALATOR” PAPERS are those scheduled in an two-part panel session, which provides an opportunity for less experienced researchers to obtain 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 prior to 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 three submissions by the same person as either sole author or coauthor. For the Research Escalator session, we will not review more than one abstract authored by the same person as either sole author or coauthor. Thus, you may be listed as an author/participant on a maximum of three papers and/or panels OR one research escalator abstract plus two 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. In addition, please note that the same person may not make more than five submissions to the ICA conference overall per ICA guidelines.

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


Activism/social movements, Applied communication research, Branding, Communication theory, Communication as constitutive of organization (CCO), Computational methods, Conflict communication, Corporate communication, Corporate social responsibility, Critical theory, De/post-colonial theory, Digital Technologies, Discourse analysis, Employee communication, Ethics, Ethnicity, Ethnography, Feminist scholarship, Gender, Globalization, Identity, In-depth interviews, Information and communication technologies (ICTs), Knowledge and knowing, Narrative, Network analysis, Nonprofits/volunteers, Observational research, Organizational communication, Organizational culture, Organizational discourse, Post-modern perspectives, Public Relations, Qualitative methodology, Quantitative methodology, Race, Socio-economic class, (Socio)Materiality, Stakeholder engagement, Survey research, Textual analysis, Virtual communities/work