The Organizational Communication unit offers comprehensive research training in qualitative research in organizational communication as one of the twelve majors of of the Aalto Doctoral Program in Business, Economics and Finance. The multidisciplinary research profile of the unit gives doctoral researchers the academic freedom to pursue interesting projects that defy disciplinary boundaries, within the broad field of organizational communication and management studies.
Research in Organizational Communication
Our research and teaching are based on an understanding of organizational communication as a multifaceted managerial and social activity that needs to be studied from a multi- or interdisciplinary perspective. Communication is used in organizations not only to convey ideas and represent objects of knowledge. It is also used 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.
Research activity in the unit of Organizational Communication focuses on diverse questions of organizational discourse and sensemaking in contemporary business and societal contexts. Theoretically, the aim is to advance knowledge particularly in the fields of business-society -relations, (discursive) institutional work, organizational legitimacy, organizational power, and strategy-as-practice.
Our central research areas include:
Gender and feminist studies, diversity and inclusion
Strategy and leadership
Qualitative methods, especially discursive approaches and (n)ethnography
Our research has been published in the leading journals of our multidisciplinary field, such as Gender, Work & Organization, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization, Organization Studies, and Work, Employment and Society.
Our faculty members serve in the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, and Work, Employment and Society.
The unit also offers comprehensive research training in organizational communication, as a major and area of specialization in the Aalto Doctoral Program in Business, Economics and Finance. The interdisciplinary research profile of the unit gives doctoral researchers the academic freedom to pursue interesting projects that defy disciplinary boundaries, within the broad field of organizational communication and management studies. More information: Doctoral studies in Organizational Communication.