Organizational Communication



Steve Corman

Steve Corman, a professor, studies the relationship between talk and written communication to organizational networks and activity systems. His "reticulation theory" holds that communication network links are “switched on” by shared activity, resulting in a talk (or written communication) that restructures the system for future shared activity. This theory has a broad range of practical applications in areas like counter-terrorism and knowledge management.

Professor Corman has served as a consultant and science panel member for the Department of Defense in the counter-terrorism arena and directs the Center for Strategic Communication in the school.


Heewon Kim

Heewon Kim, assistant professor, has devoted herself to examining organizational and social implications of technology use in a variety of settings, employing a mixed-method approach. Her research aims to disentangle the relationships between the use of collaboration tools and organizational knowledge sharing, control, and innovation. Her other projects include the investigations of technology use and its outcomes in a large multinational organization, concertive control in online groups, and social support mobilization through the use of social media.

Elissa A. Adame

Elissa A. Adame, assistant research professor, studies leadership communication, organizational training and change, and organizational learning processes. Her work is published in Communication Research Reports, Management Communication Quarterly, and International Journal of Business Communication.  Currently, she is working on research to investigate communication strategies to maximize feedback effectiveness and learning outcomes."



Sarah J. Tracy

Sarah J. Tracy, a professor, studies stressful workplace issues such as burnout, work-life balance, faking emotions, and workplace bullying, as well as positive types of communication such as compassion, engagement, and generosity.  By hanging out in the backstage areas of organizations and talking to employees, she has provided insight on correctional officers, cruise ship activity directors, 911-call takers, and medical staff.  She works with a vibrant group of professors, graduate students, and community members as co-director of The Transformation Project, examining new possibilities related to collaboration, health, and work-life wellness.  She is the author of two books (on organizational change and another on research methods) and more than 60 published essays. Her favorite courses to teach include “Communication and The Art of Happiness,” “Emotion and Organizations," "Being a Leader" and "Advanced Qualitative Research Methods."  Professor Tracy aims to develop peoples’ 'on the court' practice in their work, scholarship, and life—where they not only learn 'about' but also learn 'to be.'




Robert McPhee

Robert McPhee's, professor emeritus, scholarly interests are in organizational communication, communication theory, general social theory and (especially quantitative) research methods.