Personal work experience
Purpose: This exercise will allow you to reflect on your own work experience and to share that
with others in the class.
Process: Write a two- to three-page narrative that describes a typical day in your working
Personal analysis of group work
Purpose: This exercise will allow you to reflect on your experience as a group member in
Process: Each group member will analyze the group process and dynamics and write an individual
analysis paper of about three to four pages. Focus on your impressions in the following areas:
patterns of decision making, methods of conflict resolution, and group conformity and cohesiveness.
and specifically, using examples to illustrate various points. Use a clear format,
with an introduction, separate paragraphs containing your main points, and a conclusion. If you keep
notes on group meetings, it will
be easier for you to write this paper.
Organizations and popular culture paper
Purpose: This paper is designed to accompany the syllabus entitled “Organizational Communication
Movies: Fifteen-Week Semester.” The assignment will help you analyze depictions of
popular culture outlets such as movies and television shows.
Process: Over the course of the semester, you will view several movies, documentaries, and
shows that deal with organizational communication. Keep detailed notes about these
media clips, noting
the intersections between the clips and the concepts that we discuss in class.
About halfway through the
semester, you will read an article by David Carlone and Bryan Taylor
entitled “Organizational Communication and Cultural Studies: A Review Essay.” The article can be
found in Communication Theory, 1998,
volume 8, issue 3. This essay will help you understand recent
research on cultural studies, including popular culture and organizational communication. With this
article in mind, continue to keep notes on the media clips that are shown in class. At the end of the
semester, you will submit a five- to seven-page paper
that synthesizes the media clips that we watch,
the concepts from the text, and the commentary on popular
culture offered by Carlone and Taylor.
You do not need to focus on the entire text and all of the clips;
rather, you should focus on three
or four key concepts and arguments. Your paper should be well organized, with an introduction,
main points, and a conclusion.