“Another next first time”: Understanding organisations
as interconnected events of communication
Inaugural Lecture by Dennis Schoeneborn
Professor with Special Responsibilities in Communication, Organisation, and CSR
In the field of management and organisation studies, we can observe an increasing interest in scholarship from organisational communication studies. This development is partly driven by the emergence of a theoretical perspective that highlights the formative and constitutive role of communication for organisational phenomena (also known as “communication constitutes organisation” or “CCO” perspective). The CCO perspective addresses one of the fundamental questions of organisation theory, that is, “what is an organisation?”. In this view, organisations basically consist of interconnected communication events (e.g., meetings, phone/email conversations, collaborative work, etc.). Accordingly, the CCO perspective invites us to comprehend organisations as precarious, processual accomplishments that require for their perpetuation the recurrent performance of communication events for “another next first time”.
In his Inaugural Lecture, Dennis Schoeneborn will address in particular the issue of “connectivity”: What connects the various communicative events that collectively form an organisation? And how does “the organisation” as an addressable collective actor emerge in this process? He will discuss these questions in the light of his recent and ongoing research in diverse empirical subject areas (e.g., cross-project learning, corporate social responsibility standardisation, or social movement organising). The theoretical focus on communication and connectivity will serve as a basis for developing a research agenda for future inquiries into the emergence, maintenance, and change dynamics of organisational phenomena of all kinds (incl. rudimentary and “partial” exemplars).
15:30-15:45: Welcome by Head of Department Dorte Salskov-Iversen and Dean of Research Alan Irwin
15:45-16:30: Inaugural lecture by Dennis Schoeneborn