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Koschmann, Matthew A. Associate Professor

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  • My research focuses on the communicative processes of inter-organizational collaboration, with a particular emphasis on the nonprofit sector and cross-sector organizing. These areas intersect to form a robust line of research, with multiple entry points and overlapping levels of inquiry: studying the nonprofit sector quickly brings up issues of inter-organizational collaboration; inter-organizational collaboration highlights the importance of communication processes; and a distinctively communicative approach to human organizing calls attention to how various stakeholders interact with each other and make collaborative decisions. My overall interest is in how collaboration gets done communicatively, and what the implications are for theory and practice. Currently three main themes dominate my research: stakeholder representation, tensions of organizing, and communicative constitution.

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  • Communicative processes of inter-organizational collaboration, emphasis on the nonprofit sector, main themes of stakeholder representation, tensions of organizing, and communicative constitution, field work with several Boulder County collaborations, qualitative and quantitative research methods

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Teaching

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  • COMM 2600 - Organizational Communication
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Provides a communicatively based definition of formal organization and deals with individual-organizational relationships. Addresses topics such as organizational theory, organizational culture, power, technology, decision making, teamwork, leadership, diversity, gender, socialization, and ethics. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3320 - Persuasion in Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Learn personal and professional skills to become more persuasive in a variety of communication contexts, and develop a broader and more critical understanding of the culture of persuasion that pervades all aspects of society.
  • COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides an understanding of methods associated with the study of communication in natural settings. Focuses on strategies of collecting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data, including participant observation, in-depth interviewing, textual analysis, and ethnographic narrative. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.

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