2005 MAPLD International Conference
Building and International Trade Center
September 7-9, 2005
Phillip K. Tompkins
University of Colorado at Boulder
Phillip K. Tompkins is Professor Emeritus of Communication and Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder. He was in the first generation of graduate students to earn a doctorate (1962) in organizational communication at Purdue University. Because of their similar philosophy of organization, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) recruited him in 1967 and 1968 to serve as a Summer Faculty Consultant in Organizational Communication. He is well-known for his theories of organizational identification and "concertive" control which were inspired by his observations and research program at MSFC. A Fellow and Past President of the International Communication, Tompkins also served in a number of positions in the National Communication Association; he is the author of many articles and books, the most recent of which is Apollo, Challenger, Columbia: The Decline of the Space Program (Roxbury Publishing, 2005). He has been a Friday volunteer for the past seven years at the St. Francis Center, a homeless shelter in Denver. His next book has as its working title: Toward Ending Homelessness in Denver: Charity vs. Justice.
Abstract: "Organizational Communication as Technical Management: Wernher von Braun's Principles and Practices at the Marshall Space Flight Center"
2005 MAPLD International Conference - Session G
"Digital Engineering and Computer Design: A Retrospective and Lessons Learned for Today's Engineers"
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