Managing Risk in Communication Encounters

Strategies for the Workplace

Vincent R. Waldron,

Managing Risk in Communication Encounters: Strategies for the Workplace
 
 

The first theory-driven, narrative-based examination of risky communication interactions in the workplace

"The book does a fine job of incorporating research into a narrative framework that should be accessible for students and individuals in the business community. … The most impressive aspect of the textbook is the use of specific, ′everyday person′ narratives to ground the concepts."—Mary Helen Brown, Auburn University

"The advice provided in the book goes beyond simple advice on what or what not to say, but also advises individuals on how to manage the entire process. The book will be well-received in the classroom setting and by practitioners who encounter difficult interpersonal workplace challenges every day." —Patricia M. Sias, Washington State University

This book focuses on the types of risky interactions that threaten identities, relationships, and sometimes careers, including voicing dissent, repairing broken relationships, managing privacy, responding to harassment, offering criticism, and communicating emotion. Each chapter is grounded in real-life organizational scenarios, includes recent research, applies a standard theoretical framework, and illustrates a full range of communicative tactics and discourse practices. Throughout the book, authors Vincent R. Waldron and Jeffrey W. Kassing provide examples to spur thinking, raise questions, and help readers understand how organizations benefit when employees communicate in ways that manage risk.

Key Features

Ethically challenging and personally risky work situations are closely examined to help students understand the types of situations they will encounter in their working lives.

Vivid examples and narratives illustrate the inevitable tensions that emerge among ethical, relational, and performance obligations in the workplace.

The roles of discourse, interaction, and communication tactics in managing risk, constructing role identities, and promoting ethical workplaces are explained.

Real-life organizational scenarios and research on the lived experiences of workers help students understand how individual, organizational, and cultural forces shape workplace communication.

A theoretical model helps students and scholars integrate existing research, analyze situations, and generate new questions.

Intended Audience

Managing Risk in Communication Encounters: Strategies for the Workplace is intended for use as a supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational communication, business and professional communication, leadership communication, managerial communication, and supervisory communication



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