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Communication as the site for the emergence of Organization.

Communication as the site for the emergence of Organization.

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This essay will deconstruct the nominal understanding of ‘organization’ as pertains to its origin, function and operations, as well as challenge the traditional ontological assumptions of organization. In order to illustrate how communication acts as the site for the emergence of organizations the film production process will be discuss as it relates to coordination and role enactment within the temporary organization. 2007
This essay will deconstruct the nominal understanding of ‘organization’ as pertains to its origin, function and operations, as well as challenge the traditional ontological assumptions of organization. In order to illustrate how communication acts as the site for the emergence of organizations the film production process will be discuss as it relates to coordination and role enactment within the temporary organization. 2007

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Published by: Christopher James Wheeler on Jun 08, 2007
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Communication as the site for the emergence of Organization. Christopher J. Wheeler920402233Date of Submission18 April 2007Lecturer:Colin Chasi
 
Content page p.1. INTRODUCTION 12.WEICK AND THE PROCESS OF ORGANISING 12.1. Basic components of Weick’s theory 22.2. Sense-making and organizing 22.3. The nature of organizing sense making 33. ROLE ENACTMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN FILM PRODUCTION 74. CONCLUSION 9 5. SOURCE LIST 11
 
1.INTRODUCTIONThe process of conceptualizing the modern organization is problematic in its scope and represents adramatic change from the traditional approaches of Weber’s ‘classical organizational theory’ andLikert’s managerial perspective on human relations. These, and other, earlier approaches appear to have become obsolete in dealing with the complexities of postmodern environmental dynamics andadaptability. Past theorist have concentrated on the role of order and power in creating and maintainingstable structures in an attempt to control environmental fluxes as well as the internal architecture of anorganization. However, the role of communication as the foundation to the organization has become thefocus as the boundaries of organizations have become blurred through transnational dialogue and theresultant interactional displacement cause by communication technology. This essay will deconstructthe nominal understanding of ‘organization’ as pertains to its origin, function and operations, as well aschallenge the traditional ontological assumptions of organization. In order to illustrate howcommunication acts as the site for the emergence of organizations the film production process will bediscuss as it relates to coordination and role enactment within the temporary organization.‘Communication’ has been defined in a number of specific schools of thought and its conceptualizationas a term has proven to be contextual as opposed to an all-encompassing explanation, in this vein‘communication’ will be defined as a “mode of exchange and a mode of knowledge production”(Taylor & Van Every
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McPhee, 2000: 328-329). The notions of ‘exchange’ and ‘production’ areevolutionary terms used to describe the transference and creation of information in order to assessenvironmental interaction and the process of sense making in organizations. Therefore, organizationsare a process of communication activity in which they are formed and reformed by communicationdiscourse between the context in which they operate (i.e. the global economy) and the resultantorganizational texts and culture. This dialogic process represents the double interact that lead KarlWeick to reformulate the notion of the ‘organization’ to that of ‘organizing’.2.WEICK AND THE PROCESS OF ORGANISINGWeick’s ‘organizing’ highlights the paradigmatic nature of organizations, as they are “something that people accomplish through a continual process of communication” and not defined by the positions androles the members occupy (Littlejohn & Foss, 2005:245). The question of dualism betweencommunication and organizations represents latter as a “symbolically realized construction” produced

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