PhD Course: A new paradigm? Communication Constitutes Organization (CCO)



Klarissa Lueg, SDU / Dennis Schoeneborn, CBS

This PhD course introduces the theoretical perspective called “CCO”: Communication Constitutes Organization.
CCO is one of the most recent scholarly approaches to the interrelationship of organization and communication. At its core lies the assumption that organizations, being constructed and constantly developed by humans, fundamentally consist of communication rather than contain or produce communication. Instead of investigating single, isolated acts of communication occurring in organizations (e.g., a company or a network) CCO proposes to look at organizations as communicative entities.

In this focus, the CCO perspective has gained increasing attention in key journals of management/organization studies as well as communication studies over the past years (e.g., Ashraft, Kuhn & Cooren, 2009; Schoeneborn, Kuhn & Kärreman, 2018). We discuss different approaches being employed under the umbrella notion of CCO, contrast and compare the most dominant theoretical schools, and aim at critically assessing the endeavor of a unified CCO approach. This PhD unit is designed as a “crash course” enabling students to assess what can be gained from switching to a constitutive understanding of communication for exploring organizational phenomena of various kinds (especially in today’s era of digital media and communication). We also will discuss possible connections of the CCO view to students’ individual research foci.,-d-,programmer/fdik/kurser/fs19_a_newparadigm_feb2019
Target groupPh.D
ECTS credits2,5 ECTS