The International Journal of Business Communication is inviting papers for a Special Issue in Positive Communication Scholarship. Positive Communication Scholarship (PCS) refers to the rigorous and systematic inquiry into the acts, mechanisms, and processes of social interaction that promote life-sustaining systems. It is a research approach that seeks to identify and measure communication practices and experiences that contribute to human flourishing. It focuses on both communication processes and outcomes with the purpose of generating new knowledge and understanding. PCS is unique in that it takes an affirmative stance toward inquiry and documents/highlights/assesses the nature of positive, generative communication across contexts. PCS is research and pedagogy that cultivates communication praxis and contributes to communication as a practical discipline (see Craig, 1989).
The Special Issue aims to feature research that will exemplify Positive Communication Scholarship in the business sector. Contributions can come from all theoretical and methodological frameworks. We welcome empirical studies, reviews of literature, and pedagogical manuscripts. Suggested topics include:
Positive communication in the workplace
Leadership excellence in the for-profit or non-profit sector
Strategies for building and maintaining positive organizational cultures
Effective and inspiring crisis communication
Positive experiences and emotion at work
Positive communication and ethics
Positive deviance in business communication practices
Positive communication in the context of teaching and learning in Business Communication Courses
Submit a preliminary extended abstract of 1,000 words by December 2, 2022 to the Guest Editors, Julien Mirivel & Ryan Fuller at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Replies will be sent by January 15, 2023. Full papers of 8000-10000 words are due by March 15th 2023. The Special Issue is expected to appear in 2024.
The International Journal of Business Communication contributes to the knowledge and theory of business communication as a distinct, multifaceted and interdisciplinary field.