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Matthew Isbell

By: Brady W Moore   Published 2:46 pm / December 5, 2017

Matthew Isbell

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Matthew Isbell was awarded the National Communication Association’s Organizational Communication Textbook of the Year award for his book, “Interorganizational Collaboration: Complexity, Ethics, and Communication.” He accepted the award at the NCA Convention in Dallas, Texas, alongside co-author Renee Heath.

“Interorganizational Collaboration: Complexity, Ethics, and Communication” was published in March 2017. The book serves to introduce collaborating across organizations within the realm of wicked problems. With an emphasis on communicating in the context of our differences, it can be used in advanced organizational communication, nonprofit, group, leadership, ethics or civic engagement courses. The book is grounded in the assumptions that “solutions” to wicked problems lie in just, participative processes that take into account marginalized voices. The text coalesces decades of collaboration and relevant communication theory. One reviewer noted, “I found this to be an excellent topic and believe there are some excellent practical takeaways and examples throughout the book.” It was touted for its focus on a new topic (interorganizational communication) and its inclusion of theory, ethics, and practical application.

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