Communication and Rhetorical Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
D. Clark Edwards
Janie Harden Fritz
communication ethics, identification, mindfulness, narrative, professionalism, rhetorically contagious
This study arose from listening to the historical moment and the multi-disciplinary concerns for higher levels of 'professionalism' and ethics in organizations. This study adds to the conversation with a vision of 'professionalism' as a guiding narrative embodied by dialogic communication ethics for constructively affecting organizational communication. 'Professionalism' is a constructive hermeneutic marked by organizational plurality and diversity offering a more inclusive interpretation and meaning in the twenty-first century. There are rhetorical implications in 'professionalism' when approaching it from social constructivism which views communication as a function that constitutively creates a reality for the organization. Following in the footsteps of Aristotle, this study charges that 'professionalism' as a constructive ethical narrative is rhetorically contagious. Further, since the significance of communication ethics for 'professionalism' lies not just in theory but in action, this study proposes that mindfulness serves as praxis for 'professionalism'.
Brown, L. (2005). Rhetorical Implications of 'Professionalism' for Organizational Culture: Praxis of Mindfulness (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/352