Title

Start Making Sense! Introducing Students to Karl Weick’s Principles of Organizational Communication

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Communication Teacher

Volume

24

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor&Francis Online

Publication Date

1-20-2010

First Page

9

Last Page

13

DOI

10.1080/17404620903433432

Abstract

Although rambunctious school children throwing paper airplanes are often credited as the premier creators of chaos in classrooms, we recommend that instructors turn the tables. Specifically, we suggest that professors, armed with their own paper airplanes, create chaos in their classrooms as a means of teaching students about Karl Weick's principles of organizational communication. In keeping with Weick's notions that communication and organizing are required to reduce uncertainty, and that members of organizations are interdependent, this exercise presents students with an ambiguous problem that requires communication, organizing, and sense-making to solve.

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