Our research and teaching are based on an understanding of organizational communication as a multifaceted managerial and social activity. Communication is used in organizations not only to convey ideas and represent objects of knowledge. It is used also strategically and performatively to construct realities and to make things happen. A better understanding of the dynamics and complexities of organizational communication thus bears relevance not only for communications and management professionals, but also policy makers and other practitioners in the broader field of organizational communication, strategic management, and business-society –relations.
Our research-based curriculum offers students a thorough, trans-disciplinary understanding of the field of corporate and organizational communication for both professional and academic purposes. Our Master's program in Corporate Communication and BSc-Minor in Communication provide students with a deep, trans-disciplinary theoretical understanding of the strategic role of communication in contemporary organizations. By means of thematically focused course work and problem-based learning exercises, they also equip the students with improved analytical and practical skills for communicating stakeholder and shareholder value in the global mediascape. Drawing on the state-of-the art knowledge developed in the fields of media and communication studies (MCS) as well as different areas of management studies, the program offers students conceptual tools and practical knowledge for demanding jobs in the broader field of corporate and organizational communication.
Research in the unit of Organizational Communication centers around organizational discourse and strategic media management.
Research activity in the unit of Organizational Communication focuses on diverse questions of organizational discourse and sensemaking in the global, digitalized media landscape. Theoretically, the aim is to advance knowledge particularly in the fields of (discursive) institutional work, organizational legitimacy, organizational power, strategy-as-practice, and business-society –relations.
Research activity in the unit is organized around a number of research groups, which focus on one or more of the main research areas of the unit:
- Critical studies of corporate responsibility and business-society -relations
- Media management, social media and digital communication
- Organizational discourse and strategy work
The research groups are actively engaged in a number of research projects, which provide a strong foundation for both teaching and academic scholarship in the department.
The unit also hosts a graduate program with 6 students working towards Ph.D degrees in the broader field of organizational communication. Students collaborate with the senior faculty members and do research in one of the main research areas of the unit.