Stan Deetz, professor of communication and director of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Colorado, will discuss communication and stakeholder governance models at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Gonzaga University.
Professor Stan Deetz
The lecture, titled “The Declaration of Interdependence: The Rise of Stakeholder Governance Models and the Kind of Communication Necessary for Them,” will be held in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Deetz is the visiting scholar in-residence for Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies program and the Gonzaga School of Professional Studies. Deetz contends that for democracy to be effective it must occur where political decisions are made. He will explain why stakeholder governance models offer new conceptions of how democracy might be reconsidered within organizations.
Deetz has shown how our models of talking and making decisions are linked to liberal democratic institutions and the 18th century models of communication embedded in them. As Ben Barber has argued, liberal democracy was designed more to keep us safely apart than productively together. This problem is compounded by globalization and increased competition over resources. The conflict caused by this situation further illuminates the weakness of existing models of discussion and decision-making.
Deetz builds from his work on community collaborations in local and global contexts to show how more creative and satisfying decisions can be made in especially high-conflict situations. Deetz is a senior Fulbright scholar at Göteborgs Universitët and the author of many books including: “Leading Organizations through Transitions” (Sage 2000); “Doing Critical Management Research” (Sage 2000); “Transforming Communication, Transforming Business” (Hampton, 1995); and “Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization: Developments in Communication and the Politics of Everyday Life” (SUNY, 1992).
For more information, please contact Professor John Caputo, faculty scholar, department of communication and leadership studies, at (509) 323-6656 or via e-mail.