Professor of Communication

University of Colorado Boulder

Guided by efforts to reframe organizations (and commercial firms in particular) in distinctly communicative terms, my research examines how knowledge, authority, identities, and conceptions of value emerge in the distributed, sociomaterial, and power-laden practices of communication.

I'm interested in the ways communication constitutes organizational life--a move that suggests that groups and organizations can no longer be seen as fixed entities, but instead as ongoing systems of interconnected discursive practices that depend on, and generate, knowledge, identity, and conceptions of ethics.

Communication, in this formulation, is the practice in which the political, cultural, and economic become entangled.

A broad interest in these communicative practices is translated into four more specific research themes:

(1) The investigation of individual and organizational processes of “knowing,” including how these lead to learning and complex change processes

(2) Identity negotiation and conceptions of meaningfulness in work

(3) Ethical (and unethical) action in and around organizational settings

(4) How groups comprised of various stakeholders collaborate and make decisions.

Central to all these issues is an interest in distinctly communicative forms of explanation, in which the symbolic and material intertwine in the construction and destruction of meanings.