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Department of Management Communication


The Department of Management Communication has had a steady stream of visiting academics over the last several years. Many of our overseas colleagues have come to present their research, teach classes and supervise graduate students and their work. This page is designed to introduce you to our visitors, their work, and where possible, insights into their experiences of the department, the University of Waikato and New Zealand itself.

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Please scroll down this page to get to know our visitors:

Prof Gavin Jack of Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2014. Gavin has been working on conceptualising a research project with Dr Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten 

Prof Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow, UK. Nov-Dec, 2014. Alison is working with Dr Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten (MCOM) and Prof Alison McIntosh (Tourism Management) research projects associated with the Network for Community Hospitality and to supervise PhD students.

Prof George Cheney, University of Utah and Colorado State University at Colorado Springs, visited MCOM in November 2014 to supervise PhD students and to work on a research article with Professor Juliet Roper and PhD candidate Ying Wang. 

Dr Alexandre Vignolles, INSEEC Business School in Bordeaux (France), spent time at MCOM working on a research project with Dr Fabrice Desmarais.

Professor Danny Saunders from the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. February 2012. Danny is involved in research projects around lifelong learning and threshold concepts.

Professor Stephen Linstead, Professor of Critical Management, University of York. December 2011. Stephen spoke on  "Justice, Selves and Humans: Empire, Ethics and Common Sensibility in an Organized World" at a seminar.

Professor Christine Unson of Southern Connecticut University, USA, and Professor Ben Tyson of Connecticut State University, spent their sabbatical in the department.

Dr Nicole Laster of Kansas State University taught papers on Communication in a Digital Age and Managing Organisational Communication in 2011.

Dr Franzisca Weder of the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, taught a variety of papers over a year in 2011-2012.

Professor Anat First, Netanya College, Israel.

Professor Ann Cunliffe, Professor of Management at the University of New Mexico, USA, presented a seminar on reflkexivity in research in November 2011.

Professor Cynthia Stohl and Professor Michael Stohl of the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA, were keynote speakers at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference co-hosted by the department in July 2011.

Professor James Taylor and Dr Elizabeth van Every worked on their landmark book The Situated Organization during their extended visit to the department in 2011-12.

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Annika Hylmo is visiting our Department to teach MCOM 200 Management Communication and MCOM 330/430 Professional Speaking and Speechwriting in Summer School.
She says, "Coming to New Zealand was an opportunity that I couldn't turn down!!! I'm really enjoying meeting everyone and getting a taste of Kiwi culture, especially by learning from the students and tutors that I get to engage with. It's quite a privilege."

Annika, originally from Sweden, received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and has lectured at George Mason and Loyola Marymount Universities in the United States. She has conducted and published research on the impact of popular culture on organisations and work/career expectations, focusing particularly on telecommuting and other alternative work forms. Her research has appeared in such outlets as Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook, and the Western Journal of Communication, as well as the International Encyclopedia of Communication.

Dr. Øyvind Ihlen is visiting the Department of Management Communication from Norway, for five weeks, with his wife and new baby. Øyvind is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo; and Associate Professor at Hedmark College, both in Norway. Ihlen's research focuses on 1) critical and rhetorical studies of public relations, 2) the rhetoric and tools of reputation management and corporate social responsibility, 3) news sociology and framing. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journal of Communication Management, Corporate Communication: An International Journal, Journal of Public Affairs, Business Strategy and the Environment, Environmental Communication Yearbook, Rhetorica Scandinavica, and NORDICOM Review, as well as in several anthologies. Ihlen has been a guest editor of a special issue of Public Relations Review on social theory and public relations. He has co-authored two textbooks (in Norwegian), on public relations and reputation management respectively. He is also sole author of a book (in Norwegian) on the framing and reputation management techniques of the Norwegian petroleum industry, as well as first editor of Social Theory on Public Relations (forthcoming, Routledge).

Associate Professor Karl-Heinz Pogner completes a Scandinavian triad of visitors to MCOM in February 2008. Karl is actually German, but is a member of the Copenhagen Business School's Department of Intercultural Communication and Management. He will be with us for four weeks. Karl-Heinz's major research areas are: Organisational Communication, Digital Communication, Discourse Communities, Communities of Practice, Text production in the workplace as social action, and The influence of culture and domain on text production.

2007 Visitors

John Llewellyn was a visiting academic in the Department of Management Communication in the Waikato Management School in 2007. He is Associate Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. At Wake Forest, he has served as graduate director for the Department of Communication and as co-head marshal of the faculty. His teaching and research interests include organizational communication and rhetorical criticism which are combined in a course in organizational rhetoric. He is recognized by the federal courts in the United States as an expert in urban legends and public relations. Prior to academia, he worked in government public information positions promoting public participation, handling media relations, and writing speeches for government officials.

Cynthia and Michael Stohl spent three weeks working with MCOM Department staff in 2007. They are both Professors of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and have been members of the Department since January 2002.

Prior to joining the UCSB faculty Cynthia was the Margaret Church Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at Purdue University. Professor Stohl's work connects several areas in organizational and group studies. She is concerned with the relationships among internal and external communication processes as they are manifest in global collaborations. Her early research focused upon communication networks and issues of quality in global manufacturing groups and has extended to exploring the changing communication partnerships amongst workers, management, communities, and civic and multinational organizations. Her most recent work addresses a diversity of network and collective action organizations in the global context including a focus on new communication technologies and terrorist organizations. She is currently working with Dr Shiv Ganesh on his Marsden-funded research project, and her visit to New Zealand was primarily sponsored by Shiv's Marsden grant.

Michael was formerly Dean of International Programs (from 1992) and Professor of Political Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he had taught since 1972. Dr. Stohl's research focuses on organizational and political communication with special reference to terrorism, human rights and global relations. Dr. Stohl has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship for International Education Administrators in Japan and Korea in 1989, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to lecture at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1983 and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Year Fellowship in 1971-72. He was awarded Visiting Research Grants for collaborative research on terrorism at the State University of Leiden, The Netherlands, by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappeliijk Onderzoek, in May 1989 and May 1985.

John Haas is associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee. John visited to discuss setting up an exchange programme between Tennessee and Waikato. While here, he presented his recent research on a persistent "meta-myth" that more communication in organisations is always better.

2006 Visitors

Anne Gregory visited the Department of Management Communication in the summer of 2005/2006. Anne is Professor of Public Relations at Leeds Metropolitan University and the UK's only full time professor in the subject area. She is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Centre for Public Relations Studies, a unique Centre which brings together best practice in research, consultancy and teaching.

2005 Visitors

Graham Knight paid the department a second extended visit during his sabbatical in early 2005. Graham teaches sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and his research interests fall in the area of political communication. He is currently finishing a collaborative project on the anti-sweatshop movement and beginning new research on the development and growth of the public relations industry in Canada.

Michael Elmes visited us briefly in early 2005 and presented a talk on his research. Michael received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1989 and is currently a Professor of Organization Studies in the Department of Management at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has been at WPI since 1990 and, prior to that, was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's School of Management. In the spring of 1997, he was a Visiting Scholar at MIT's Sloan School of Management. His research interests include workplace resistance and control, critical perspectives on spirituality-in-the-workplace, the implementation of IT in complex organizations, critical perspectives on biotechnology and environmental management in organization studies, narrative and aesthetic perspectives on strategy and other organizational phenomena, and the psychodynamics of group and intergroup behavior. His research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Learning, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, Tamara, and Small Group Research. He has additional articles forthcoming in Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information and Organization, and Journal of Management Studies. He is also a co-editor of Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity (Sage Publications, 1997). In 2005 he will spend 6-months as a Fulbright Scholar at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand where he will lecture and serve as a participant on a research team (coordinated through the University of Waikato) that is studying the impact of the recent lifting of a moratorium on genetically modified processes and products on various stakeholder groups across New Zealand. He is particularly interested in stakeholder constructions of nature and the links between those constructions and their beliefs about the role of genetic engineering and biotechnology in New Zealand.

Michele H. Jackson visited us in the summer of 2005, and taught a postgraduate summer school course. Michele is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She teaches, consults, and advises in areas of the organizational implications of new communication technologies. Her interests are in new communication technologies, culture and change in technological organizations, and small group communication and collaboration. A general theme in her work is the contribution of communication to technical areas; including the development of collaboration skills in engineering professions, and the design and use of technologies to support group work. She is a past Charles Babbage Institute Tomash Fellow for the History of Information Processing and a past Research Fellow with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at CU, Jackson held an appointment at Florida State University. She has also served previously as a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at UCB. Her research appears in places such as the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Information, Communication, and Society, Communication Theory, and the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education Conference Proceedings.

Devon Brown visited us in the summer of 2005 and taught a summer school course. Devon received his Masters degree in Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA and at the time of his visit was finishing his doctoral degree at the same institution. Currently, Devon is teaching at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in the Institute for Leadership and Professional Development.

Devon's research interests focus on three related topics: workplace democracy, stakeholder participation and the use of team, and conflict resolution and collaborative decision making. The theme that holds these three topics together is an overarching interest in creating and maintaining socially, ethically and financially sustainable organizations. He approaches the study of organizations from a critical theory perspective, thus investigation of these issues, as well as others, is grounded by an interest in how relations of power are produced and reproduced in every day interactions (especially those in the workplace), and the impact of these power relations on how decisions are made.

Alana Nicastro visited MCOM from San Diego State University, and taught a Summer School paper in Professional Speaking and Speechwriting in January/February 2005.

2004 Visitors

Tamar Katriel visited us for several months in 2004 during her sabbatical. Tamar got her PhD from the Dept of Speech Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle in1983, specialising in the field of the Ethnography of Communication. She has since been a faculty member at the University of Haifa, Israel, with a joint appointment in Education and Communication. Her research has dealt with cultural patterns in Israeli and American communication, the construction of Israeli public discourse, communication and socialization, and more. It has been published in a range of Communication, Sociolinguistics, Anthropology and Education journals. Her books include Talking Straight: 'Dugri' Speech in Israeil Sabra Culture (Cambridge, 1986); Communal Webs: Communication and Culture in Contemporary Israel (SUNY Press, 1991); Performing the Past: A Study of Israeli Settlement Museums (Erlbaum, 1997); Dialogic Moments: From Soul Talks to Talk Radio in Israeli Culture (Wayne State University Press, 2004) and a volume of selected articles in Hebrew. She has been Visiting Scholar at several academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin, Rutgers University, Northwestern University and Harvard University. Her current research deals with representations of immigration in Israeli public culture (with an eye to comparative perspectives).

2003 Visitors

Nurit Zaidmanvisited the department for several months during her sabbatical in 2003. Nurit was trained as an anthropologist. Her MA and PhD focus on New Religious Movements. In the last seven years she has been part of The Ben-Gurion University management school in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Her research interests are: Intercultural communication in business; Cross-cultural comparisons of behaviour in organizations; Consumption and marketing of sacred commodities; New Age and Spirituality in Organizations.

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