THEORIZING COMMUNICATION AND CONSTITUTION OF ORGANIZATIONS FROM A FOUR FLOWS (STRUCTURATIONAL) PERSPECTIVE

Joel O. Iverson, Karen K. Myers, Robert D. McPhee

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Abstract

In this chapter, we explain the four flows model of the communicative constitution of organization describing how flows of communication—membership negotiation, self-structuring, activity coordination and institutional positioning—constitute organizations. According to structuration theory, embedded practices produce, sustain and transform social entities into organizations. More specifically, conlocutions describes the power transforming illocutions (communication) and perlocutions (actions) into organizationally constitutive outcomes. This process is evident even in the most short-lived and controversial organizations such as Trump University. To demonstrate the four flows model, we analyze the constitutive nature of the flows that were communicated in Trump University’s Playbook, the handbook used to develop and guide its operations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Communicative Constitution of Organization
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages74-87
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000582789
ISBN (Print)9780367480707
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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