Table of Contents
Last updated February 19, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanation of Theory:Deetzís Critical theory says that communication is merely the transmission of information, which perpetuates managerialism and the corporate colonization of everyday life. (Griffin (p.495).
Theorists: Stanley Deetz
Article:Deetz, S. (1982). Critical-interpretive
research in organizational communication. Western Journal
Interpretations:Deetz views multinational corporations
such as GM and AT&T as the dominant force in society Ė more powerful
than the church, state, or family in their ability to influence the lives
Critical theory is humanistic. Itís good theory because it is built on
values that many communication scholars share. He provides a wide
range of research on the topic in an area that is so broad. Moreover, his
research provides valuable information that helps further studies.
and Implications:Deetzís Critical theory is a
good theory because it tries to help the communication practices in organizations
that undermine fully representative decision making, thus reducing the
quality, innovation, and fairness of company policy.
may feel powerless during the national elections because so many political
candidates are associated with lobbying and money. You may feel that
even if you had the power, you have little time-given the demands of work
and/or school Ė to engage in public discussion of such issues as health
care, gun control, and euthanasia.
Research:Kemmis, S. & McTaggart, R. (Eds.).
(1990). The action research planner. Victoria: Deakin
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. 176.
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 301-305
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. 259-271
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 285-298
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. 410-415
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 230-234
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. N/A
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A