180.801 (13W) Organisational Communication

Wintersemester 2013/14

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15.10.2013 09:00 - 15:00 V.1.04 On Campus
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LV-Titel englisch Organisational Communication
LV-Art Vorlesung
Semesterstunde/n 2.0
ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte 4.0
Anmeldungen 26
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
LV-Beginn 15.10.2013

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Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

Input, discussion, presentations, test, research project/report


How do people organise other than through explicit communication? How do managers manage other than through explicit communication? This paper works from the perspective that communication constitutes much of what an organisation is. So, it focuses on how messages are constructed, expressed and interpreted within organisations today. The overall aim is to help you to understand the communication practices of organisational life and how to make them better. It is sad that the most important things to know about a group of people are the things they themselves take for granted. Yet, it is precisely those things that people find most difficult to discuss. William Foote Whyte, Men At Work. In today’s world, organisations are pervasive in our lives. People not only work in organisations but depend on organisations for more and more essential functions. We attain needed goods and services from organisations. We attend to spiritual, community, political, relational, physical, social needs through organisations. It is increasingly difficult to imagine societies or individuals accomplishing much without organisations. We increasingly rely on organisations to create our lives. They provide personal identity, the structuring of our personal time and experience, education, ways of thinking, the information we perceive, and entertainment. Increasingly business organisations are becoming more and more central to modern society, often shaping other organisations such as the family, church, government, and community. At the same time, the organisational nature of our lives has become increasingly taken for granted and often goes unnoticed and undiscussed. The purpose of this course is to provide you with tools to examine the often taken-for-granted ways in which organisations operate. Through a variety of communication processes, organisations create and maintain naturalised ways of life.


  • Organizational structures & processes, rationality, decision making & (ab)uses of information
  • Cultures, subcultures & organizational socialization
  • Analysing organizational communication
  • Leadership old & new
  • Communicating identity, communicating in a global and multicultural context
  • Ethics & Values in organizations


In any organisation you work in, you will invariably be working with other people. Even if you are working on an individual project for an organisation you will be relying on others to perform so that you can deliver. This course works on the premise that in order to get “good at” something we need to do it as much as possible, and the focus this semester is group work and project management. That is, learning to work effectively together to meet project goals which includes meeting output milestones along the way. In the broader context of the teaching and learning, students and teaching staff are responsible for ensuring that they individually contribute to the creation of an environment that helps everyone achieve their goals. In this way, students and teaching staff are participants and therefore co-creators of the course, and together can make this course a rewarding and memorable experience.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

methodological knowledge


readings available via moodle


Im Fall von online durchgeführten Prüfungen sind die Standards zu beachten, die die technischen Geräte der Studierenden erfüllen müssen, um an diesen Prüfungen teilnehmen zu können.


presentation, research project, report


Note Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Media and Convergence Management (SKZ: 150, Version: 13W.2)
    • Fach: Ergänzungsfach I (Complementary Subjects I): Media and Communicational Skills (Pflichtfach)
      • Organisational Communication ( 2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
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