Communication Studies, Department of


Date of this Version



Communication Studies 56:1 (March 2005), pp. 95–105.

doi: 10.1080/0008957042000332269


Copyright © 2005 Central States Communication Association; published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. Used by permission.


This paper began as a keynote address delivered at the 16th annual Organizational Communication Mini-Conference hosted by Western Michigan University. In it, I identify topical trends in organizational communication research, noting ways in which these trends are flexible, enduring, diverse, and problem-centered. I go on to invite current doctoral students to join us in developing these trends further. Specifically, I discuss how we might engage research in ways that sustain the vitality of the discipline as well as our own personal vitality. I conclude by offering a list of key articles that could serve as starting points in the ongoing conversation centered around organizational communication.