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The Role of Tensions in the Empowering Communication
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary organizations continue to face the longstanding empowerment trend, which involves increased member participation and responsibility in organizational life. Previous research contends the need of extensive communication with all stakeholders in order to provide for an empowering environment (Stohl & Cheney, 2001). This study explores how tensions play into the communicative interactivities implemented to facilitate empowerment. The work is informed by the communicative constitution of organizations (CCO) approach and mixed methods are used. The results show that tensions – related both to situated performances and organizational structures – play a significant role in the communication processes aiming for empowerment. 

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Organizational communication, empowerment, tensions, communicative constitution of organizations (CCO).
National Category
Media and Communications Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-271135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-271135DiVA: diva2:891211
65th International Communication Association (ICA).
Available from: 2016-01-06 Created: 2016-01-06 Last updated: 2016-01-06

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