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James Renwick Taylor

Professeur émérite

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de communication


Research expertise

Our research continues in the tradition of what has become known as “the Montréal School,” whose subject is organizational communication seen not as communication in the organization but rather the organization as communication or even the organization in communication. The purpose of this research is to explore and explain “organizing,” or the dynamic construction of the basics of order in members’ conversations, and the materialization of their activities in the texts and other artifacts they produce. We are currently exploring the phenomenon of authority, using direct observations and interviews with members, in keeping with the assumption that an organization must have one or more authors to exist. The challenge of maintaining authority is particularly complicated by any very rapid technological innovation in the field of communication.

Affiliations and responsabilities

Teaching and supervision

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)



Publications and presentations


Taylor, J. R. & Van Every, E.J. (2011). The situated organization: Studies in the pragmatics of communication.  New York/London: Routledge.

Taylor, J. R. & Van Every, E.J. (en préparation). The authoring of organization: Conflicted authority and innovation.

Taylor, J.R. (2008). Organizing from the bottom up: Reflections on the constitution of organization in communication. In L. L. Putnam & A. M. Nicotera, eds., Building Theories of Organization : The constitutive role of communication. New York : Routledge.

Taylor, J.R. & Virgili, S. (2008). Why ERPs disappoint : The importance of getting the organizational text right. In B. Grabot, A. Mayère & I. Bazet, eds., ERP systems and organizational change : A sociological insight, pp. 59-84. London : Springer.

Taylor, J.R. (2008). Communication and discourse : is the bridge language ? Response to Jian et al. in Discourse and communication, 2 (3), 365-370.

Cooren, F., Taylor , J. R. & Van Every, E. J., eds. (2006). Communication as organizing: Empirical explorations into the dynamic of text and conversation . Mahwah , NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.Taylor , J. R., C. Groleau, L. Heaton, E.J. Van Every. (2001). The computerization ofwork: A communication perspective . Thousand Oaks CA : Sage.

Taylor , J. R. & E.J. Van Every (2000). The emergent organization: Communication as its site and surface . Mahwah , NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.