Department of Management Studies

Research in Organizational Communication

Research and teaching in the unit of Organizational Communication focuses on the social and communicative practices through which organizations, communities, and societies are managed and organized in the era characterized by rapid economic, organizational, and technological changes and challenges created by them.
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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.

Research activity in the unit of Organizational Communication focuses on diverse questions of communication in organizations and society. In addition, the unit’s research addresses questions concerning the conditions and consequences of generative dialogue in and around organizations. 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.

Our research-based curriculum offers students a thorough, trans-disciplinary understanding of the field of organizational communication for both professional and academic purposes. By means of thematically focused course work and problem-based learning exercises, our courses also equip the students with improved analytical and practical skills for communicating stakeholder value in contemporary organizations and working environments. Drawing on the state-of-the art knowledge developed in the field of communication studies and management studies, our courses offer students conceptual tools and practical knowledge for demanding jobs in the broader field of organizational communication.

Contact Information

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School of Business

Ekonominaukio 1


Visiting address

Ekonominaukio 1

02150, Espoo

Postal address

Aalto University
School of Business
Department of Management Studies
Organizational Communication
P.O. Box 21210


Head of Department: Johanna Moisander

Unit Coordinator: Pekka Pälli

Secretary: Tiia Melander

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