Date of this Version
Management Communication Quarterly 20:1 (August 2006), pp. 91–93.
I begin my term as forum editor by honoring the memory of Fred Jablin, an early leader in the field of organizational communication. I am quite certain that Fred would like to be remembered less for the tragic circumstances of his death than for the considerable contribution of his early work and the promising new directions in which his work was headed. Fred was, perhaps, best known for his early work in the area of superior-subordinate communication and then his later work in organizational socialization and communication. For at least a decade, his agenda-setting pieces on communicative issues in organizational assimilation inspired researchers working across postpositivist, interpretive, critical, and postmodernist paradigms, leading to one of the most well-developed and easily identifiable bodies of research in the field of organizational communication today. In the last formal talk he gave, which we take to be representative of the direction in which his work was headed, he details the processes by which he came to appreciate a multidisciplinary approach to the study of leadership, how he became interested in the concepts of courage and courageous communication, and why he believes the relationships among them warrant further study. In this forum, we honor his ongoing development as a scholar and attempt to amplify his call for research.