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SCOM 350: Introduction to Organizational Communication                

Encyclopedias handle WHOLE fields of study and include stuff like the major theories (their authors/adherents/naysayers).  A few of these that might help with this class include:


Source Location
Business: The Ultimate Resource e-version link on title or at Carrier Ref.  HD38.15.B878 2006
IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication e-version link or HD30.36.U5 I56 2006
Communication Theory Carrier Ref. P90.C62945 2010
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management e-version only

These sources will give you overviews. But, you could take what you find there and look in the JMU Library Catalog, for example, I found an entries on Edgar H. Schein, a guru of corporate culture, in several of the sources listed above. Using what I found, I did this search:


JMU Library Catalog Search box

And I found this:

LEO Record_Corporate Culture


You can also look for articles.  Articles typically will investigate a given theory in practice, so how the theory plays out in the "real world."  Articles will be narrower in focus, might assume the reader is already familiar with the basics of the theory, and will written for a scholarly audience. 

Organizational Communication topics are multi and inter-disciplinary.  Depending on your topic, you might also find these resources helpful:

Resource Covers
Communication and Mass Media Complete Communication Studies journals
Sociological Abstracts specific populations, identity in groups, group communication
ERIC k-12 & university populations, teaching, student-teacher relationship
ABI Inform or  Business Source Complete consumer behavior, marketing, markets, advertising, communication technologies, org comm, mass comm


These are examples!  There are disciplinary databases for every discipline you can think of.  If you need help choosing, please ask. 

APA Manual of Style Copies in Carrier and ECL Reference/Reserve

350 students have also found these handouts to be helpful:


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