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Founded in 2002 , the research group on language, organization and governance (LOG Group) is a forum for research and training in organizational communication within the Communication Department of the University of Montréal. Construed in a deliberately broad and inclusive sense, the expression “organizational communication” refers not only to communication processes that characterize organizations and communities in change or engaged in their routine activities, but also the processes whereby communication is organizing and constitutive of the very reality of these communities, their structure, their identity and relations with their environment. The group was thus formed around varied research themes, all related to the action of the “organizing” properties of communication in transformations experienced by organizations and various forms of contemporary collectives, whether it be as part of their own activities or through their participation in the public and political spheres. For instance, the group is currently exploring research questions such as development of communication competence in collaboration within multidisciplinary teams, controversies and scoio-technical deliberations involving organizations and groups of actors, organizational identity and identification, and interactions in the organization of humanitarian actions .

The expression “language, organization and governance” refers to the three poles around which problems concerning communication and collectives are investigated by the members of the group. These poles are discourse and language activities that structure organizations and collective action, “organizing” processes through which actors coordinate activities and assumed knowledge, and practices of deliberation and collective decisions. The range of theoretical and methodological approaches used by the group is broad and open-ended. Perspectives that have informed the recent works of the group include semiotics, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, actor-network theory, rhetoric and argumentation theories, organizing process theories along with discursive and communication theories of organizations.