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Tue Jan 23 2001

Confs: Communication in Organizations

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Message 1: Communication in Organizations

Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 15:10:49 +0100
From: Andreas Mueller <andreas.muellersplit.uni-mannheim.de>
Subject: Communication in Organizations

LAST CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

1st INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY SYMPOSIUM ON COMMUNICATION IN
ORGANIZATIONS
University of Mannheim
March 29-31, 2001
www.split.uni-mannheim.de/R2/symposium/index.htm

The Departments of Business Administration and Organizational Behavior
(Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred Kieser), and Romance Languages - Linguistics
(Prof. Dr. Christine Bierbach), take great pleasure in extending to you the
invitation to attend the 1st International, Interdisciplinary Symposium on
the Communication in Organizations, to be held at the University of
Mannheim, Germany, from the 29 to 31 of March, 2001.

OVERALL THEME

Communication is nowadays more and more frequently considered an essential
parameter in the construction, maintenance and change within organizations.
This has resulted in an ever growing importance among qualitative
conceptualizations of the notion of organizational communication
(interpretive, symbolistic, anthropological and semiotic approaches). In the
same vein, qualitative approaches have gradually become established in the
research of organization theory as well. At the same time, in such fields as
Sociolinguistics, where research has always been traditionally qualitative,
a marked interest in the specific conditions pertaining to communication in
utilitarian organizations has also witnessed substantial growth in recent
times. Nevertheless, overlaps in the research between the qualitative branch
of organization theory and the sociolinguistic research of businesses have
been to date very sparse. Difficulties in tying both academic perspectives
together seem to be generated most especially by the problems of
constructing macrostructural models out of the analyses of interactive
behavior (bottom-up analyses).

The Symposium's objective will be to sound out desiderata of qualitative
research concerning the roll of businesses as both a social construct and
context, and to formulate requisitions for an interdisciplinary research
program. The most current research on the topic will be presented by
internationally recognized experts. The conference will be held in English.


KEY NOTE TOPICS TO BE PRESENTED BY INVITED SPEAKERS:
(in alphabetical order)

Anni Borzeix (Sociol.), Paris, F, On Language in Fragmented Organisations

Norman Fairclough (Ling.), Lancaster, UK, Critical Discourse Analysis of
Language in the New Capitalism

Sandra Harris (Ling.), Nottingham, UK, Politeness and Power: Discourse
practices in selected institutional contexts

Christian Heath (Ling.), London, UK, Overseeing organisations: surveillance
in action on London Underground

John Sillince (Management), London, UK, Coherence: A Normative Concept in
Organisational Communication

Christina Wasson (Anthropol.), Chicago, USA, The Janus-Faced Power of
Language in Organizations


PAPERS TO BE PRESENTED BY INVITED SPEAKERS:
(in alphabetical order)

Mich�le Grosjean (Ling., Psychol.), Lyon, F, Collective Communications: How
they Reveal the Organisational Cultures in Hospital

Stephan Habscheid/Elke Weik, (Ling., Organis.), Chemnitz, D, Talking
Structure. The Shaping of Organizational Reality in Consulting Conversations

Egbert Kahle/Ricarda Bouncken (Organis.), L�neburg, D, How Managers
Construct Organizational Reality by Communication of Maps and Models

Monika Knassm�ller (Bus. Adm.), Wien, AT, Mission Statements-Identifying
Underlying Concepts

Val�rie Lehmann (Bus. Adm.), Montr�al, CA, The Role of Communication in
Large-scale Organizational Change: Towards the Unification of Prescriptive
and Descriptive Perspectives

Agita Luse (Philos./Sociol.), Riga, Latvia, The Rise of Networking Society
and Structural Transformations in the Field of Religion

Cliff Oswick/Tom Keenoy/Phil Jones (Management), London, UK, Rethinking
Organizational Metaphors: Beyond (M)organ-ization theory

Karl-Heiz Pogner/Anne Marie S�derberg (Communication & Management),
Copenhagen, DK, All.department e-mails: An Organizational
Information-transmission System or a Forum for Dialogue?

Bernt Schnettler (Sociol.), Konstanz, D, The Communicative Construction of
Co-operation

Gerhard Reber/Evelyne Glaser (Ling.), Linz, AT, Cultural Diversity in
Business: The Communicative Challenges

David Seidl (Management), Cambridge, UK, Organisational Self-descriptions in
the Form of Metaphors


PAPERS TO BE PRESENTED BY THE ORGANIZERS OF THE SYMPOSIUM
(in alphabetical order)

Christine Bierbach/Andreas M�ller (Ling.), Mannheim, D, Sociolinguistics on
Talk at Work: Holistic and Contrastive Approaches

Alfred Kieser/Anja Muley (Org. Behavior), University of Mannheim, D, The
Growing Importance of the Storyline


TIME AND PLACE

The conference will begin at 1 pm on Thursday, the 29th of March and will
end on the following Saturday afternoon, the 31st of March. Registration
will begin Thursday morning from 9 am until 1 pm.

The activities will be held in the university facilities of Mannheim's
baroque castle, located near Mannheim's main railway station. Mannheim is
very accessible from Frankfurt International Airport both by car or by rail.
The main railway station is very well connected to Frankfurt International
Airport. Mannheim also hosts a number of hotels within walking distance of
the conference. For hotel reservation please take a look at
http://www.mannheim.de .

The conference fee is 100 DM including beverages, a small booklet containing
a copy of the abstracts of the presentations and proceedings. On Friday
evening we have planned a banquet. The supplementary costs for participation
in the banquet is 40 DM. Those who would like to take part are requested to
indicate so in the form below.

To register please fill out the form and return it to one of the two
email-addresses mentioned below. To help us organize, please register before
January 31, 2001.

We would like to urge you to please pass this Call for Paticipants on to
anyone else who you believe might be interested in participating!

Please visit as well:
www.split.uni-mannheim.de/R2/symposium/index.htm


REGISTRATION FORM

1st International and Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Communication
within Organizations
March 29-31, Mannheim

I would like to participate in the conference:
Last Name, First Name:
Address:
Phone:
Fax:
Email:


I would like to attend the banquet: Yes/No

German participants should pay the conference fee in advance by a transfer
of 100 DM or 140 DM (in the case that you plan to attend the banquet) on the
following account:
Account number: 510 487 1800
Bank code (BLZ): 670 200 20 (Baden-Wuerttembergische Bank Mannheim)
Please be sure to mention the following reference number in regards to the
purpose of the transfer: BA 510 210

International guests are requested to pay the corresponding amount upon
their arrival.


Please send your registration to:

Dr. Andreas Mueller
Universitaet Mannheim
Romanistik II / Linguistik
Schloss
D-68131 Mannheim
andreas.muellersplit.uni-mannheim.de

or:

Dipl.Kffr./Dipl.Rom. Anja Muley
Universitaet Mannheim
ABWL und Organisation
Ostfl�gel O52/O53
D-68131 Mannheim
muleyorga.bwl.uni-mannheim.de
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