Special Issue "Shaping the Quality of the Employee-Organization and the Employee-Work Relations: Assessing the Impacts of Internal Communication"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2023) | Viewed by 1549

Special Issue Editors

1. Polythecnic Institute of Coimbra/Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra - Escola Superior de Educação, Rua Dom João III, Solum, 3030-329 Coimbra, Portugal
2. ICNOVA – Instituto de Comunicação da NOVA/NOVA Institute of Communication, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: organizational studies; human resource management; management; behavioral science; organizational psychology
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Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: organizational behavior; human resource management; leadership; corporate social responsibility; pro-environmental behavior at work
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Leandro
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Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: organizations and social dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organizations worldwide face tremendous difficulties in finding valid and renewed ways of being productive and economically viable when faced with an economic scenario of high inflation levels and the prospect of an economic recession. In this sense, managers are currently highly pressured to deliver efficient procedures regarding the different areas of the organization.

The way organizations deal with their workers is a topic in which several issues remain unaddressed by existing research. One of those areas relates to the role that internal communication may play regarding the way workers are managed in accordance with the organization's strategy and aims, especially if combined with human resource management policies. In effect, internal communication deserves additional relevance in regard to information management within organizations. It is important to address its role in stimulating several relevant organizational key issues, such as a worker's performance, a worker's bond with the organization or the worker's involvement with the organization (amongst others). However, existing knowledge regarding the impact of internal communication in employee–organization and employee–work relations seems to be far from a mature level of understanding.

The Special Issue we are proposing here is intended to create discussion on how internal communication can present renewed solutions for the current challenges shaping organizations in today's economic scenario. Thus, we are seeking submissions that focus on the impacts of internal communication with regard to employee–organization and employee–work relations, bringing clarity to our existing knowledge.

Relevant theoretical perspectives might include (but are not limited to):

  • Internal communication and leadership;
  • Internal communication and organizational culture;
  • Internal communication and work relations;
  • Internal communication and individual performance;
  • Changing working environments and internal communication;
  • Corporate social responsibility and internal communication;
  • Innovation in organizations and internal communication;
  • Organizational change and internal communication;
  • Social networks and internal communication;
  • Employee–organization relationsand internal communication;
  • Employer brand and internal communication;
  • Internal communication and human resources management.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Roque Gomes
Dr. Ana Patrícia Duarte
Prof. Dr. ‪Neuza Ribeiro
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Leandro
Guest Editors

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  • internal communication
  • leadership and internal communication
  • internal publications
  • employee–work relations and internal communication
  • employee–organization relations and internal communication

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Evaluating the Mediator Role of Organizational Identification in the Relationship between Symmetrical Internal Communication and Individual Performance of Hotel Employees
Adm. Sci. 2023, 13(8), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci13080173 - 26 Jul 2023
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The tourism industry has been distinguishing itself by promoting economic benefits and contributing to the creation of employment and opportunities in the country. This paper aims to investigate and analyze the impact of symmetric internal communication on individual performance and organizational identification, as [...] Read more.
The tourism industry has been distinguishing itself by promoting economic benefits and contributing to the creation of employment and opportunities in the country. This paper aims to investigate and analyze the impact of symmetric internal communication on individual performance and organizational identification, as well as to evaluate the mediating role of organizational identification in this relationship. Through the cooperation of several institutions in the tourism business sector, online surveys were applied resulting in a convenience sample of a total of 237 hotel employees in Portugal. The results of this study demonstrate that symmetrical internal communication has a positive impact on organizational identification and individual performance, and that organizational identification exerts a partial mediating effect on the relationship between symmetrical internal communication and individual performance. This study therefore extends the knowledge of the effects of important variables usually treated separately by the literature, and thus we build bridges between the communication literature and human resource management, providing information to support the structuring of new strategies. Full article
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