Communication Constitutes Organization

Dennis Schoeneborn, Peter Winkler, Timothy Kuhn

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Originating from the field of organizational communication studies, the Communication Constitutes Organization (CCO) perspective offers a communication-centered explanation of organizational phenomena that emerge in and are sustained and transformed by practices of communication. We provide an overview of this perspective in research and its historical development, structuring our article according to three streams of current CCO scholarship focused respectively on the communicative constitution of organization as an entity/actor, organizing as a process/practice, and organizationality as a gradual attribute. We present key concepts and findings of these streams of scholarship and elucidate their implications for corporate communication research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElgar Encyclopedia of Corporate Communication
EditorsKlement Podnar
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2024
ISBN (Print)9781802200867
ISBN (Electronic)9781802200874
Publication statusPublished - 2024
SeriesElgar Encyclopedias in Business and Management series


  • CCO
  • Organizational communication
  • Organization theory
  • Performativity
  • Ventriloquism

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