The Organizational Communication Division of the ICA (International Communication Associaction) turns 50 and they made a nice video which I share here for two reasons:
- Organizational Communication is one of the research fields in which meetings are being studied, but not every meeting researcher is aware of this. Interestingly (as mentioned in the video), “the tele-conference: an electronic meeting” was a topic discussed at one of the divisions early gatherings in 1975. (If anyone can dig up that paper, I’d be curious to look at it!)
- It strikes me that many of the mile-stones in the development of the division that the people in the video recall are new types of communication events during their conferences, i.e. innovations in communication design. It’s not surprising, of course, that scholars of organizational communication come up with new ways of organizing their own communication, but it’s nevertheless worth noting.