Organizational Communication Division

Interest Group Award

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Article Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Paul M. Leonardi and Diane E. Bailey, "Recognizing and selling good ideas: Network articulations and the making of an offshore innovation hub. Academy of Management Discoveries
2016 William C. Barley, (2015). Anticipatory Work: How the Need to Represent Knowledge Across Boundaries Shapes Work Practices Within Them. Organization Science, 26, 1612-1628
2015 Paul M. Leonardi (2014). Social media, knowledge sharing, and innovation: Toward a theory of communication visibility. Information Systems Research, 25, 796-816
2014 Stephanie L. Dailey and Larry Browning (2014). Retelling stories in organizations: Understanding the functions of narrative repetition. Academy of Management Review, 39, 22-43
2013 Matthew A. Koschmann, Timothy R. Kuhn, and Michael D. Pfarrer (2012). A communicative framework of value in cross-sector partnerships. Academy of Management Review, 37, 332-354
2012 Kristen Lucas (2011). The working class promise: A communicative account of mobility-based ambivalences. Communication Monographs, 78, 347-369
2012 Robert Whitbred, Fabio Fonti, Christian Steglich, and Noshir Contractor (2011). From microactions to macrostructure and back: A structurational approach to the evolution of organizational networks. Human Communication Research, 37, 404-433
2011 Paul M. Leonardi (2011). Innovation blindness: Culture, frames, and cross-boundary problem construction in the development of new technology concepts. Organization Science, 22, 347-369
2010 Paul M. Leonardi (2009). Why do people reject new technologies and stymie organizational changes of which they are in favor? Exploring misalignments between social interactions and materiality. Human Communication Research, 35, 407-441
2010 Paul M. Leonardi (2009). Crossing the implementation line: The mutual constitution of technology and organizing across development and use activities. Communication Theory, 19, 278-310
2009 Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik (2008). Intensive remedial identity work: Responses to workplace bullying trauma and stigmatization. Organization, 15, 97-119
2008 Borris H.J. Brummans, Linda L. Putnam, Barbara Gray, Ralph Hanke, Roy J. Lewicki, and Carolyn Wiethoff (2008). Making sense of intractable multiparty conflict: A study of framing in four environmental disputes. Communication Monographs, 75, 25-51
2007 Cynthia Stohl and Michael Stohl (2007). Networks of terror: Theoretical assumptions and pragmatic consequences. Communication Theory, 17, 93-124
2006 Karen Lee Ashcraft (2006). Feminist-bureaucratic control and other adversarial allies: Extending organized dissonance to the practice of ‘new’ forms. Communication Monographs,73, 55-86
2005 Brian C. Taylor, William J. Kinsella, Stephen P. Depoe, and Maribeth S. Metzler (2005). Nuclear legacies: Communication, controversy, and the U.S. nuclear weapons production complex. In P. J. Kalbfleisch (Ed.) Communication Yearbook 29 (pp. 363-409). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
2004 Timothy Kuhn and Steven R. Corman (2003). The emergence of homogeneity and heterogeneity in knowledge structures during a planned organizational change. Communication Monographs, 70, 198-229
2003 Erika L. Kirby, Annis G. Golden, Caryn E. Medved, Jane Jorgenson, and Patrice M. Buzzanell (2003). An organizational communication challenge to the discourse of work and family research: From problematics to empowerment. In P. J. Kalbfleisch (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 27 (pp. 1-44). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
2002 Gail T. Fairhurst, François Cooren, and Daniel J. Cahill (2002). Discursiveness, contradiction, and unintended consequences in successive downsizings. Management Communication Quarterly, 15, 501-540
2001 James R. Taylor (2001). The “rational” organization reconsidered: An exploration of some of the organizational implications of self-organizing. Communication Theory, 11, 137-177
2001 Cynthia Stohl and George Cheney (2001). Participatory processes/paradoxical practices: Communication and the dilemmas of organizational democracy. Management Communication Quarterly, 14, 349-407
2000 William J. Kinsella (1999). Discourse, power, and knowledge in the management of “Big Science”: The production of consensus in a nuclear fusion research laboratory. Management Communication Quarterly, 13, 171-208
1999 Craig R. Scott, Steven R. Corman, and George Cheney (1998). Development of a structurational model of identification in the organization. Communication Theory, 8, 298-336
1998 George Cheney, Joseph Straub, Laura Speirs-Glebe, Cynthia Stohl, Dan Degooyer, Susan Whalen, Kathy Garvin-Doxas, and David Carlone (1998). Democracy, participation, and communication at work: A multi-disciplinary review. In M. E. Roloff (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 21 (pp. 35-91). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
1997 Dean Scheibel (1996). Appropriating bodies: Organ(izing) ideology and cultural practice in medical school. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 24, 310-331
1996 Dennis K. Mumby (1996). Feminism, postmodernism, and organizational communication studies: A critical reading. Management Communication Quarterly, 9, 259-295
1995 Lisa A. Howard and Patricia Geist (1995). Ideological positioning in organizational change: The dialectic of control in a merging organization. Communications Monographs, 62, 110-131
1994 Gail T. Fairhurst (1993). The leader‐member exchange patterns of women leaders in industry: A discourse analysis. Communications Monographs, 60, 321-351
1993 Robin P. Clair (1993). The use of framing devices to sequester organizational narratives: Hegemony and harassment. Communications Monographs, 60, 113-136
1992 Terrance L. Albrecht and Bradford J. Hall (1991). Facilitating talk about new ideas: The role of personal relationships in organizational innovation. Communications Monographs, 58, 273-288
1991 Charles Conrad (1991). Communication in conflict: Style‐strategy relationships. Communications Monographs, 58, 135-155
1990 Eric M. Eisenberg (1990). Jamming transcendence through organizing. Communication Research, 17, 139-164
1989 Andrew H. Van de Ven and Marshall S. Poole (1988). Paradoxical requirements for a theory of organizational chang. In K. S. Cameron & R. E. Quinn (Eds.), Paradox and transformation: Toward a theory of change in organization and management (pp. 19-64). Cambridge, MA: Ballinger
1988 Robert D. McPhee (1988). Vertical communication chains toward an integrated approach. Management Communication Quarterly, 1, 455-493
1987 Dennis K. Mumby (1987). The political function of narrative in organizations. Communications Monographs, 54, 113-127
1985 Eric M. Eisenberg (1984). Ambiguity as strategy in organizational communication. Communication Monographs, 51, 227-242
1984 Michael E. Pacanowsky and Nick O’Donnell-Trujillo (1983). Organizational communication as cultural performance. Communications Monographs, 50, 126-147
1983 Linda L. Putnam and Ritch L. Sorenson (1982). Equivocal messages in organizations. Human Communication Research, 8, 114-132

Engaged Scholars Service Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Matthew W. Seeger 
2015 Lynn Harter
2013 Marianne LeGreco
2012 Joy L. Hart
2011 Patricia S. Parker

Book Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Sarah J. Blithe, Gender Equality and Work-Life Balance: Glass Handcuffs and Working Men in the U.S.
2016 Kirsten Foot (2015). Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices. Rowman & Littlefield. 
2014 Donnalyn Pompper (2014), Practical and theoretical implications of successfully doing difference in organizations. Bingley, UK: Emerald
2013 Craig R. Scott, (2013), Anonymous agencies, backstreet businesses, and covert collectives: Rethinking organizations in the 21st Century. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press
2012 Bruce A. Bimber, Andrew J. Flanagan, and Cynthia Stohl (2012), Collective action in organizations: Interaction and engagement in an era of technological change. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press
2011 Laure K. Lewis (2011),  Organizational change: Creating change through strategic communication. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell
2010 Vincent R. Waldron and Jeffrey W. Kassing (2011), Managing risk in communication encounters: Strategies for the workplace. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2007 Gail T. Fairhurst (2007), Discursive leadership: In conversation with leadership psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2006 Laura L. Ellingson (2005), Communicating in the clinic: Negotiating frontstage and backstage teamwork. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press
2004 Karen Lee Ashcraft and Dennis K. Mumby (2003), Reworking gender: A feminist communicology of organization. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2004 Pablo J. Boczkowski (2004), Digitizing the news: Innovation in online newspapers. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
2003 Peter R. Monge and Noshir S. Contractor (2003), Theories of communication networks. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2001 James R. Taylor, Carole Groleau, Lorna Heaton, Elizabeth Van Every (2001), The computerization of work: A communication perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2001 Marshall S. Poole, Andrew H. Van de Ven, Kevin Dooley, and Michael E. Holmes (2000), Organizational change and innovation processes: Theory and methods for research. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2000 Robin P. Clair (1998), Organizing silence: A world of possibilities. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press
1997 Gail T. Fairhurst and Robert A. Sarr (1996), The art of framing: Managing the language of leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
1995 Cynthia Stohl (1995), Organizational communication: Connectedness in action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
1995 Stanley A Deetz (1995), Transforming communication, transforming business: Building responsive and responsible workplaces. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press
1994 James R. Taylor and Elizabeth J. Van Every (1993), The vulnerable fortress: Bureaucratic organization and management in the information age. Toronto: University of Toronto Press
1993 Charles R. Bantz (1993), Understanding organizations: Interpreting organizational communication cultures. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press
1992 Stanley A. Deetz (1992), Democracy in an age of corporate colonization: Developments in communication and the politics of everyday life. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press
1991 George Cheney (1991), Rhetoric in an organizational society: Managing multiple identities. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press
1990 Janet Falk and Charles Steinfield
1989 Dennis K. Mumby (1989), Communication and power in organizations: Discourse, ideology, and domination. Norwood, NJ: Ablex
1988 Fredric Jablin, Linda Putnam, Karlene Roberts, and Lyman Porter
1987 Robert McPhee and Phillip Tompkins (1983), Organizational communication: Traditional theories and new directions. Newbury Park, CA: Sage
1985 Linda Putnam and Michael E. Pacanowsky (1983), Communication and organizations, an interpretive approach. Newbury Park, CA: Sage

Edited Book Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Jeffrey W. Treem and Paul M. Leonardi, (Eds.). (2016), Expertise, Communication, and Organizing. Oxford University Press.
2014 Linda L. Putnam and Dennis K. Mumby, (Eds.). (2014), The SAGE handbook of organizational communication: Advances in theory, research, and methods (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2013 Daniel Robichaud and Francois Cooren, (Eds.). (2013), Organization and organizing: Materiality, agency and discourse. New York: Routledge
2011 Dennis K. Mumby, (Ed.). (2011), Reframing difference in organizational communication studies: Research, pedagogy, and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2009 Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik and Beverly Davenport Sypher, (Eds.). (2009), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing. New York, NY: Routledge
2007 Steve May, George Cheney, and Juliet Roper, (Eds.). (2007), The debate over corporate social responsibility. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2006 François Cooren, James R. Taylor, and Elizabeth J. Van Every, (Eds.) (2006), Communication as organizing: Empirical and theoretical explorations in the dynamic of text and conversation. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
2005 Steve May and Dennis K. Mumby, (Eds.). (2005), Engaging organizational communication: Theory and research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2005 David Grant, Cynthia Hardy, Cliff Oswick, and Linda L. Putnam, (Eds.). (2004), The Sage handbook of organizational discourse. London, UK: Sage
1990 Janet Fulk and Charles W. Steinield, (Eds.). (1990), Organizations and communication technology. Newbury Park, CA: Sage
1988 Fredric M. Jablin, Linda L. Putnam, Karlene H. Roberts, and Lyman W. Porter, (Eds.). (1987), Handbook of organizational communication. Newbury Park, CA: Sage

Textbook Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Renee Guarriello Heath and Matthew G. Isbell, Interorganizational Collaboration: Complexity, Ethics, and Communication
2016 François Cooren, (2015), Organizational Discourse: Communication and Constitution. Polity Press.
2013 Dennis K. Mumby, (Eds.). (2013), Organization and organizing: Materiality, agency and discourse. New York: Routledge
2011 Joann Keyton, (2011), Communication & organizational culture: A key to understanding work experiences (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
2010 George Cheney, Lars Thoger Christensen, Theodore E. Zorn, and Shiv Ganesh, (2010), Organizational communication in an age of globalization: Issues, reflections, practices. Long Grove, IL: Waveland

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Suzy D'Enbeau, "Unpacking the dimensions of organizational tension: The case of sexual violence response and prevention among college students"
2016 Stacy Tye-Williams and Kathleen J. Krone, "The Paradox of Workplace Bullying Advice: Re-imagining Advice through the Lens of Critical Emotional Agency"
2016 Jody L.S. Jahn, "A Model of Communicative and Hierarchical Foundations of High Reliability Organizing"
2016 Ashley K. Barret and Keri K. Stephens, "Standardization with a Local Stamp of Approval: The Influential Mediating Role of Workarounds in Organizational Change"
2013 2013- Brenda L. Berkelaar, Jeff Birdsell, and Joshua Scacco, “Storying the Digital Professional: How Online Screening Practices are Changing Personnel Selection and Employability”
2013 2013- Guowei Jian, Xiaowei Shi, Francis Dalisay, “Leader-Member Task Conversation Quality (LMTCQ): Scale Development and Validation through Three Studies”
2013 2013- Lacy G. McNamee and Brittany L. Peterson, “Toward a Tension-Centered Understanding of Volunteer Management”
2013 2013- Sarah Steimel, “Communicating Empowerment(s) With and To Clients in Mediating Organizations”
1991 Robin P. Clair
1991 Deanna Geddes
1991 Stanley A. Deetz
1991 Anne M. Nicotera
1990 Vincent R. Waldron and William F. Sharkey
1990 Colleen M. Keough and Randall A. Lake
1990 Donald D. Morley and Pamile S. Shockley-Zalabak
1989 Connie Casebolt Davis
1989 Eric M. Eisenberg and Steven R. Phillips
1989 Vincent Waldron
1987 Susan Kogler Hill, Margaret Hilton Bahniuk, and Jean Dobos
1987 Gaynelle Rothermel Winograd
1991 G. Richard Holt and Joseph W. Scudder
1991 Shelia McNamee

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Scott Banghart
2013 Courtney Davis, “Organizational assimilation in non-profit organizations: What about the paid employee?”