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Steven Corman

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Biography

Steve Corman studies the relationship of talk and written communication to organizational networks and activity systems. His "reticulation theory" holds that communication network links are “switched on” by shared activity, resulting in talk (or written communication) that restructures the system for future shared activity. This theory has a broad range of practical applications in areas like counter-terrorism and knowledge management. 

Dr. Corman has served as a consultant and science panel member for the Department of Defense in the counter-terrorism arena, and directs the Center for Strategic Communication in the school.

Education

Ph.D. - Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A. - Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. - Communication Studies, Illinois State University

Research Interests

strategic communication, organizational communication, terrorism, public diplomacy

Publications
  • Corman, Steven Robert. Structuration Theory. International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Complex systems problems in the War of Ideas. Perspectives on Terrorism (2008).
  • Corman, Steven Robert, Trethewey, Angela, Goodall, Harold Lloyd. Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism. (2008).
  • A Trethewewy, Steven Corman. Anticipating K Commerce E Commerce Knowledge Management and Organizational Communication. Freiberger Beitrage zur Interkulturellen und Wirtschaftskommunikation (2006).
  • Steven Corman. On Being Less Theoretical and More Technological. Journal of Business and Technical Communication (2006).
  • Steven Corman. Using Activity Focus Networks to Pressure Terrorist Organizations. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory (2006).
  • McPhee, R D,Corman, Steven Robert (Author) ,Iverson, J O. We Ought to Have Gumption An Analysis of an Excerpt from the Videotape after Mr Sam. Interacting and Organizing: Analyses of a Board Meeting (2006).
  • Steven Corman, T Kuhn. The Detectability of Socio Egocentric Group Speech A Quasi Turing Test. Communication Monographs (2005).
  • Corman, Steven Robert (Author) . Network Dynamics in Self Organizing Communication and Activity Systems. Advances in Self Organizing Systems (2005).
  • Corman, Steven Robert (Author) . Network Dynamics in Self Organizing Communication and Activity Systems. Progress in Communication Sciences Self Organizing Systems (2005).
  • Corman, Steven. Growing up in Turbulent Times. (2005).
  • K Dooley, Steven Corman. Dynamic Analysis of News Streams Institutional Versus Environmental Effects. Nonlinear Dynamics Psychology and Life Sciences (2004).
  • Corman, Steven Robert (Author) . Postpositivism. Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research Multiple Perspectives (2004).
  • K Dooley, Steven Corman, R McPhee, T Kuhn. Modeling High Resolution Broadband Discourse in Complex Adaptive Systems. Nonlinear Dynamics Psychology and Life Sciences (2003).
  • T Kuhn, Steven Corman. The Emergence of Homogeneity and Heterogeneity in Knowledge Structures during a Planned Organizational Change. Communication Monographs (2003).
  • U Brandes, Steven Corman. Visual Unrolling of Network Evolution and the Analysis of Dynamic Discourse. Information Visualization (2003).
  • Dooley, K, Corman, Steven Robert. Agent Based Genetic and Emergent Computational Models of Complex Systems. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems EOLSS (2002).
  • R McPhee, Steven Corman, K Dooley. Organizaitonal Knowledge Expression and Management Centering Resonance Analysis of Organizational Discourse. Management Communication Quarterly (2002).
  • Steven Corman, K Dooley, Robert McPhee. A Knowledge Directory for Identifying Experts and Areas of Expertise. Human Systems Management (2002).
  • Steven Corman, T Kuhn, R McPhee, K Dooley. Studying Complex Discursive Systems Centering Resonance Analysis of Communication. Human Communication Research (2002).
  • U Brandes, Steven Corman. Visual Unrolling of Network Evolution and the Analysis of Dynamic Discourse. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization (InfoVis '02) (2002).
  • Corman, Steven Robert (Author) . The Dynamics of Electronic Media Coverage. Communication and Terrorism Public and Media Responses to 9/11 (2002).
  • A Trethewewy, Steven Corman. Anticipating K Commerce E Commerce Knowledge Management and Organizational Communication. Interkulturellen und Wirtschaftskommunikation (2001).
  • Steven Corman, M Poole. Anticipating K-Commerce E Commerce Knowledge Management and Organizational Communication. Management Communication Quarterly (2000).
  • Steven Corman, M Poole. Perspectives on Organizational Communication Finding Common Ground. (2000).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 792Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
COM 594Conference and Workshop
COM 690Reading and Conference
COM 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
COM 691Seminar
COM 792Research
COM 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
COM 594Conference and Workshop
COM 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
COM 792Research
COM 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
COM 594Conference and Workshop
COM 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 792Research
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 691Seminar
COM 792Research
COM 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Corman, S. R. Weapons of mass persuasion: A critique of the strategic communication paradigm. NATO Joint Senior Psychological Operations Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Corman, S. R. Constructing Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Applying Communication and Narrative Theories to Counter-Terrorism. National Communicaiton Association annual conference (Nov 2010).
  • Corman, S. R. Terrorism and New Media Roundtable. International Communication Association annual conference (Jun 2010).
  • Corman, S. R. Terrorism and New Media Roundtable. International Communication Association annual conference (Jun 2010).
  • Corman, S.R. The role of narrative in strategic communication. Third NATO Symposium on Global Terrorism and International Cooperation (Mar 2010).
  • Corman, S. R. Public Diplomacy as Narrative. International Studies Association annual conference (Feb 2010).
  • Corman, S. R. Terrorism and New Media Roundtable. International Studies Association annual conference (Feb 2010).
  • Corman, S. R. iDiplomats. iDiplomacy Symposium on Public Diplomacy (Nov 2009).
  • Corman, S. R. Innovations in Group Communication Theory: Dual-Level Connectionist Models. National Communicaiton Association (Nov 2009).
  • Corman, S. R. What narrative is. USJFCOM/USSOCOM Irregular Warfare Development workshop (Jun 2009).
  • Corman, S. R. What Power Needs to be Smart. Warwick International Security Initiative Conference (May 2009).
  • Corman, S. R. US Strategic Communication Policy and a Model for the 21st Century. NATO Center of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism, Ankara, Turkey (May 2009).
  • Corman, S. R. Promises and Challenges of Computerized Knowledge Management in a Best-Case Scenario. International Communication Association (May 2009).
  • Corman, S. R. Complex Systems and Terrorism: Responses to Terrorism from a Public Diplomacy Point of View. National Communication Association, San Diego, California (Nov 2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Government Contracts and Business Grants As Funding Sources. Organizational Communication Division Preconference, National Communication Association, San Diego, (Nov 2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Strategic Communicaiton and Violent Extremism. USJFCOM/USSOCOM Irregular Warfare Workshop on Countering Violent Extremism (Jun 2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Pragmatic Complexity and Strategic Communication. Exploring Military Dimensions in Countering Ideological Support for Terrorism, George C. Marshall Ce (May 2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Perspectives on Communication Technology and Organizing. International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada (May 2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Pragmatic Complexity and Resilient Strategic Communication. Asia Pacific Program for Senior National Security Officers, R. J. Rajarathnam School of Internationa (Apr 2008).
  • Corman, S. R. Engaging Conversation about Major Works in Organizational Communication. International Communication Association, San Francisco, California (May 2007).
  • Corman, S. R. Using Automated Text Analysis to Study Online Political Discourse. International Communication Association, San Francisco, California (May 2007).
  • Corman, Steven. Countering Ideological Support for Terrorism An Organizational Communication Perspective. (Nov 2006).
  • Corman, Steven. Weapons of Mass Persuasion Communicating against Terrorist Ideology. CIST Conference George C Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Oct 2006).
  • Corman, Steven. Communicating against Ideological Support for Terrorism. (Oct 2006).
  • Corman, Steven, Dooley, K. Using Text Analysis to Enhance the University Knowledge Network. International Communication Association (Jun 2006).
  • Corman, Steven. Design of the Enron Interface. International Communication Association (Jun 2006).
  • Corman, Steven. Organizational Communication at Enron E-mail from 151 Top Executives. (Jun 2006).
  • Corman, Steven. Public Diplomacy Messages Process Outcomes. Senior Conference XLIII United States Military Academy at West Point (Jun 2006).
  • Corman, Steven, Dooley, K, Parsons, J. A Reality Show for Network Geeks Software factory and the Quest for the Ultimate Dataset. 25th International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference (Feb 2005).
  • Corman, Steven. Putting the Communication in Organizational Communication. 17th Annual Organizational Communication Mini Conference (Oct 2004).
  • Corman, Steven. Analyzing Text and Discourse Using Network Models. (Sep 2004).
  • Corman, Steven, Gaertler, M, Wagner, D. Geometric MST Custering of Text Network Collections. 24th International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference (May 2004).
  • Corman, Steven. Analyzing Unstructured Text Using Network Methods. DFG Workshops University of Tuebingen University of Passau and University of Karlsruhe (Apr 2003).
  • Corman, Steven, Dooley, K. Dynamic Patterns in Terrorism News Reuters Coverage of 9/11. Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems Conference CASOS 02 (Jun 2002).
  • Corman, Steven. Activity Networks and Terrorist Organizations. SAIC Project MacDuff DoD Sponsored Workshop (Apr 2002).
  • Corman, Steven. Organizational Communication and Anti Terrorist Strategy. SAIC Project MacDuff DoD Sponsored Workshop (Jan 2002).
  • Corman, Steven. Communication and E Business A Roundtable Discussion. Organizational Communication Division International Communication Association (May 2001).
  • Corman, Steven, Iverson, Joel, Zaug, Pamela, Kuhn, Timothy, Dooley, Kevin, McPhee, Robert. Discourse Analysis of Organizational Knowing A Survey of Assumptions and Problems. (Nov 2000).
Service
  • Undergraguate Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Undergraguate Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Hugh Downs School Center for Strategic Communication, Director (2005 - Present)
  • Hugh Downs School Cosortium for Strategic Communication, Director (2005 - Present)
  • Enron Interface Project Organizational Communication Division International Communication Association National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Director (2005 - Present)
  • International Human Communication Research, Associate Editor (2003 - Present)
  • Western Journal of Communication Western States Communication Association, Editorial Board Member (2001 - Present)
  • Management Communication Quarterly, Editorial Board Member (2000 - Present)
  • International Communication Association Organizational Communication Division, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • Office of University Initiatives ASU Mind Mapping Project, Co Director (2005 - 2005)
  • Special Operations Working Group US Special Operations Command, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • ASU Software Factory, Co Director (2002 - 2005)
  • Interdisciplinary PhD in Communication Executive Committee, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Communication Monographs National Communication Association, Editorial Board Member (2001 - 2004)
  • International Communication Association Organizational Communication Division, Vice Chair (2002 - 2004)
  • International Human Communication Research, Editorial Board Member (2001 - 2003)
  • National Human Communication Research, Editorial Board Member (2001 - 2003)
  • Governor's E Government Hot Team Arizona Partnership for the New Economy, Member (2000 - 2001)
  • ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, (2000 - 2000)
  • Kids Voting USA Arizona Legislature Arizona Secretary of State Arizona Dept of Commerce Arizona Dept of Revenue, Pro Bono Consulting (1993 - 2000)
  • Communication Reports, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Communication Research, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Communication Review, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Information Systems Research, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal of Applied Communication Research, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Management Communication Quarterly, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Organization Science, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)