Discourse of Leadership: The Power of Questions in Organizational Decision Making

Author(s), Title and Publication Artiz, J., Walker, R., Cardon, P., & Li, Z. (2017). Discourse of leadership: The power of questions in organizational decision making. International Journal of Business Communication, 54(2), 161-181. DOI: 10.1177/2329488416687054 Summary While leadership is often an assigned role through experience, and/or an individual’s qualifications, this study explores leadership as an identity […]

Conversations at Work: The Effects of Leader-Member Conversational Quality

Author(s), Title and Publication Jian, G., & Dalisay, F. (2017). Conversation at work: The effects of leader-member conversational quality. Communication Research, 44(2), 177-197. DOI: 10.1177/0093650214565924 Summary Conversation is an undoubtedly, an important component of leadership; this study explores the relationship between leadership conversation practices, their quality and their impact on organizational outcomes. Quality conversations between […]

Maximizing Cross-Functional New Product Teams’ Innovativeness and Constraint Adherence: A Conflict Communications Perspective.

Author(s), Title and Publication Lovelace, K.; Shapiro, D. L.; & Weingart, L. R. (2001). Maximizing cross-functional new product teams’ innovativeness and constraint adherence: A conflict communications perspective. Academy of Management Journal, 44(4), 779-793 Summary This study examined the impact of team diversity on team performance. Due to increasing competition resulting from market globalization and changing […]

Four Strategies for Communicating with Employees During a Major Change

Topic: Change Communication Authors, Title and Publication Christensen, M. (2014). Communication as a strategic tool in change processes. Journal of Business Communication, 51(4), 359-385. Summary A major challenge for organizations is to develop both climate and leadership strategies that allow them to cope with challenges such as downsizing, re-engineering, flattening structures, global competition, and the introduction of […]

Enhancing Performance in Small Professional Firms through Vision Communication and Sharing

Topic: Leader Communication; Culture and Values Authors, Title and Publication Jing, F., Avery, G., & Bergsteiner, H. (2014). Enhancing performance in small professional firms through vision communication and sharing. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 31(2), 599-620. Summary Research has suggested that when leaders work with a vision, a variety of important outcomes at the individual, group, and […]

The Relationship Between Leader Motivating Language and Self-Efficacy

Topic: Supervisor Communication Authors, Title and Publication Mayfield, J., & Mayfield, M. (2012). The relationship between leader motivating language and self-efficacy: A partial least squares model analysis. Journal of Business Communication, 49(4), 357-376. Summary This study examined the nature and processes of the relationships between leader motivating language and its effects on employee self-efficacy and […]

Benefits of Multiple Roles for Managerial Women

Topic: Leadership Author(s), Title and PublicationRuderman, M. N.; Ohlott, P. J.; Panzer, K.; & King, S. N. (2002). Benefits of multiple roles for managerial women. Academy of Management Journal, 45(2), 369-386. SummaryThis article used two studies to examine the relationships between female managers’ multiple life roles and their psychological well-being and managerial skills. In study […]

When power makes others speechless: The negative impact of leader power on team performance

Topic: Power, Leadership Communication, and Organizational Culture Author(s), Title and Publication Tost, L.; Gino, F.; & Larrick, R. (2011). When power makes others speechless: The negative impact of leader power on team performance. Academy of Management Journal, published online before print September 4, 2012. Summary This research examined the impact of leaders’ feelings of power […]

Motivating Language in Industry

Topic: Motivating Language Author(s), Title and Publication Sharbrough, W. (2006). Motivating Language in Industry. Journal of Business Communication, 43(4), 322-343. Summary This study examined leaders’ use of motivating language (ML) and several key employee outcomes at the southeast regional division of a Fortune 500 company. Motivating language theory (MLT) predicts that leaders can improve subordinates’ […]

Explaining Enron: Communication and Responsible Leadership

Topic: Responsible Leadership Author(s), Title and Publication Seeger, M. W., & Ulmer, R. R. (2003). Explaining Enron: Communication and Responsible Leadership. Management Communication Quarterly, 17(1), 58-84. Summary Enron, which is the nation’s seventh largest corporation, collapsed in a financial scandal of 2001-2002. This case study explored the reasons for Enron’s demise with principles of communication-based […]

The Role of Leader Motivating Language in Employee Absenteeism

Topic: Motivating Language and Employee Absenteeism Author(s), Title and Publication Mayfield, J., & Mayfield, M. (2009). The Role of Leader Motivating Language in Employee Absenteeism. Journal of Business Communication, 46(4), 455-479. Summary Research has found that about 52 percent of employee absences are discretionary. These avoidable absences are the result of factors such as stress […]

Listening to Bruce Berger: Leaders, Supervisors and Culture

At the IPR Trustees Research Symposium in November, Bruce Berger, winner of the 2012 Pathfinder Award for an original program of scholarly research advancing the practice of public relations, spoke to an audience of research funders about his work.  Summarizing decades of focus on employee communications, Bruce said: Let me close by summarizing what I […]