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Management Communications

Research

The strength of MCOM is in the high calibre of its staff and in its international connectedness. This is evident in the string of international and national awards staff members have received, the high quality of publications they have produced and continue to produce, and the prestigious research grants they have secured.

Research overview

Staff members have proven research expertise in leadership communication; management communication; public relations; advertising; business, technical, and professional writing, diversity; interpersonal communication processes and competencies; intercultural communication; organisational communication; organisational change; political communication; science, technoscience and communication; sustainability and corporate social responsibility, critical management studies and communication; and development communication.

More specifically, staff members have research interests in cutting-edge areas such as futures studies, management practices and fashions; business, environmental, and organisational futures; workplace wellbeing; action research and learning methodologies; international development and NGOs; and global activism and globalisation.

Partnerships

Another major strength of the department is its international profile and its collaborative links with some of the most distinguished scholars in the fields of organisational communication and public relations, and with communication departments across the globe.

In keeping with its standing as one of the foremost centres of communication scholarship in the world, the department has attracted a number of eminent visitors to teach and research here. Several staff members also have ongoing international collaborations with international scholars and institutions (see our visitors and News and events page). Some of the most recent books authored by staff have been collaborative endeavours with scholars in other parts of the world.

Similarly, a large number of projects have been or are being carried out in conjunction with researchers in institutions such as Boise State University, Colorado State University, the University of California Santa Barbara, University of Cincinatti, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, University of North Carolina, Southern Illinois University, and University of Utah, in the US; University of Leeds, University of Stirling, University of York, and Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain, and University of British Columbia in Canada.

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