High-Speed Management and Organizational Communication in the 1990s

A Reader

Edited by Sarah Sanderson King & Donald P. Cushman

Subjects: Communication
Series: SUNY series, Human Communication Processes
Paperback : 9780791418147, 310 pages, February 1994
Hardcover : 9780791418130, 310 pages, March 1994

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Table of contents

1. High-Speed Management and Organizational Communication: A Road Map
Sarah Sanderson King

2. High-Speed Management: A Revolution in Organizational Communication in the 1990s
Donald Peter Cushman and Sarah Sanderson King

3. High-Speed Management and Global Competition
Andrzej K. Kozminski

4. High-Speed Management, Environmental Scanning, and Coalignment of External Resources: Strategic Alliances
Branislav Kovacic

5. Leadership—Creating High-Speed Synergy in the Organization
Krzysztof Obloj

6. High-Speed Management and the New Corporate Culture: IBM and GE—A Study in Contrasts
Anne Maydan Nicotera

7. Organizational Teamwork: A High-Speed Management Perspective
Yanan Ju

8. High-Speed Management and Contingency Value Chains: Time as a Competitive Advantage in the Global Marketplace
Nils M. Larsen and Pat Joynt

9. High-Speed Management and New Product Development
George Tuttle

10. The Influence of High-Speed Management on Small Business
Rowland G. Baughman

11. High-Speed Management and Continuous Improvement: Teamwork Applications at General Electric
Janet M. Flynn and Franca Caré

12. High-Speed Management at the Toyota and General Electric Companies
Scott R. Olson

13. Communication and Management in the Global Economy
Sarah Sanderson King and Donald Peter Cushman




High-Speed Management and Organizational Communication in the 1990s provides a unique, systematic, and practical treatment of the role communication plays in the new organizations. It treats organizational integration, coordination, and control as central communication processes and explores their transformation of traditional organizational topics such as leadership, corporate culture, teamwork, and continuous improvement programs.

The central thesis of this analysis is that increasing the speed with which products get to market helps to make an organization more productive, develop better quality products, become more responsive to customer needs, and generate more profits for investors. Why and how this takes place as well as the central role communication plays in the process is treated here in detail.

Sarah Sanderson King is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. She is the author of Human Communication as a Field of Study: Selected Contemporary Views, and co-author with Donald Cushman of Political Communication: Engineering Visions of Order in the Socialist World, both published by SUNY Press. Donald P. Cushman is Professor of Communication at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of Communication in Interpersonal Relationships (with L. Cahn), published by SUNY Press, and Message-Attitude-Behavior Relationships (with R. McPhee). He has served as a consultant for governments and private corporations in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Yugoslavia.


"This book brings together a theoretically interesting and pragmatically useful collection of writings in the area of high-speed management and global business. The role of high-speed management in the survival of corporations provides a refreshing and needed perspective on changing values and conditions in the global marketplace. The authors present a series of fascinating perspectives on the topic of high-speed management and organizational communication, with interesting and pertinent case studies of both U. S. and foreign firms. " — Richard J. Dieker, Western Michigan University