Timothy Kuhn
Department of Communication • Organizational Communication Graduate Faculty

Office: Hellems 80


Guided by efforts to reframe organization in distinctly communicative terms, Professor Timothy Kuhn (PhD, Arizona State University) researches the constitution of authority and agency in organizational action, with particular attention to how knowledge, identities and conceptions of value emerge in the sociomaterial, power-laden communication practices.

His interest in communicative practice is translated into four more specific themes:

  1. The investigation of individual and organizational processes of knowing, including how these lead to learning and complex change processes;
  2. Identity negotiation in and through work;
  3. How and when factors that are typically considered “material,” including spatial features, become authoritative in organizing; and
  4. How authority and (dis)order emerge in dispersed organizing practices.

Across these four themes, his aim is to contribute to the development of theorizing that explains the existence, operations, management and boundaries of organizations in specifically communicative terms.