Bridging the â€œThird Spaceâ€:
Advancing Communication Theories in/of Nonprofit Organizations
Sponsored by the Organizational Communication Division
Readings for the NCA Preconference
Participants should read anchoring literature on theorizing nonprofit organizations.Â Please read the Lewis (2005) article, â€œThe Civil Society Sector,â€ before the preconference.Â We also encourage you to review other articles posted, as time permits or to suit your preference.
Recommended Primary Reading:
Lewis, L. (2005). The civil society sector: A review of critical issues and research agenda for organizational communication scholars. Management Communication Quarterly, 19(2),Â 238-267.
(social capital; mission, effectiveness, and accountability; governance and decision making; and volunteer relationships)
Other Readings – Mixed Topics:
Eisenberg, E., & Eschenfelder, B. (2009). In the public interest: communication in nonprofit organizations. In L. Frey & K. Cissna (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research. New York, NY: Routledge .
(partnering; mission and identity; fostering employee involvement)
Ganesh, S., & McAllum, K. (2009). Discourses of volunteerism. In C. Beck (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 33 (pp. 344-378). New York, NY: Routledge.
Hoffman, M.F., & Medlock-Klyukovski, A. (2004). â€œOur creator who art in Heaven:â€ Paradox, ritual, and cultural transformation. Western Journal of Communication,Â 68(4),Â 389-410.
(religious organizations, conflicts of interest, women, organizational culture, rites & ceremonies)
Mize Smith, J., & Sypher, B.D. (2010). Philanthropy in the workplace: How a financial institution communicates charitable giving values.Southern Communication Journal, 75, 370-391.
Other – Resources on the Nonprofit Sector:
Hall, D. (2006). A historical overview of philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations in the United States, 1600-2000. In W. W. Powell & R. Steinberg (Eds.), The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook (2nd ed., pp. 32-65). New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved June 2007 from: http://ksghome.harvard.edu/~phall/Powell%20Essay-Final%20-%20rev.pdf
Wing, K.T., Roeger, K.L., & Pollak, T.H. (2009). The nonprofit sector in brief: Facts and figures from the Nonprofit Almanac 2009. The Urban Institute.Â Retrieved June 2010 from: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412085-nonprofit-sector-brief.pdf
(data and statistics about the nonprofit sector)
For questions about these readings, or if you have trouble accessing them, contact Beth Eschenfelder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submit Preconference Papers
Participants are asked write a short position paper centered in advancing communication theorizing and/or practiceâ€”organizational and otherwiseâ€”in nonprofits, but this is not a requirement of participation. Themes that are especially encouraged for position papers include (a) marketization, (b) collaboration, (c) volunteerism, (d) governance, (e) development and fundraising, and (f) mission/vision.
Submit papers by October 15 toÂ Matt Koschmann (email@example.com).