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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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  • CMCI 1010 - Concepts and Creativity 1: Media, Communication, Information
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Engages key principles and practices in the fields of media, communication and information. Emphasizes the analyses of new and old media, information technologies, verbal and visual literacies, communicative interactions and cultural practices through process-based learning and hands-on projects utilizing multiple modes of expression. First course in two semester sequence required for all first-year CMCI students. Requires a grade of C- or better to count toward degree.
  • COMM 2600 - Organizational Communication
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Learn to understand and critique organizations and organizing from a communication perspective. 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 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    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
    Learn to collect and analyze qualitative data (interviews, observations, focus groups) in order to answer research questions about communication and society. Focuses on research that investigates meaning, understanding, process, and interpretation in order to enhance our knowledge of human interaction. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4600 - Senior Seminar: Organizational Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and organizational decision making, organizational culture, gender relations, communication technology, and power and control in organizations. Same as COMM 5600.
  • COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • ORGL 5410 - Dynamics of Group Communication
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021
    Focuses on aspects of group communication leaders need for success in a variety of organizational contexts. Topics include decision making, creativity and innovation, conflict management, technology and virtual environments, difference and diversity, systems and institutions, group development and socialization, negotiation, identity, and interaction design. Organizational work often occurs in groups, and communication is essential to effective group work. Therefore, organizational leaders need to understand the dynamics of group communication and improve their group communication skills.
  • ORGL 5420 - Knowledge Management
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives typically define knowledge as a commodity that is easily stored and transferred; explores how technological advancements and claims to knowledge ownership constitute management in KM. The course then presents alternative models of knowledge and management in which knowledge is understood as a component of communicative action, and management is portrayed as the construction of communities of practice that share responsibility for innovation.

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