DaJung (DJ) Woo researches and teaches about organizational communication. She joined the Rutgers Communication faculty in 2020 after serving as an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Tennessee for three years. Woo is an active member of the National and International Communication Associations (NCA, ICA) and the Academy of Management, and currently serves as Secretary of the Organizational Communication Division of NCA (elected to a two-year term 2019-2021).
University of California, Santa Barbara
Kansas State University
Ewha Womans University
DJ Woo is interested in how communication enables collaboration and membership negotiation within and/or between organizations. Working successfully with people from different backgrounds (e.g., occupational, organizational, or generational) is increasingly important; yet, our decision or ability to work across the boundaries is not necessarily inevitable or inherent. Thus, her research aims to understand how people engage in communication behaviors, such as expertise sharing and identity work, in order to manage the process of joining, sustaining participation in, and/or leaving collaborative work environments. As a field researcher, Woo collects data through directly engaging with organizations and their members (e.g., interviews and participant observations) to gain a grounded understanding of communication practices.
Woo, D., & Myers, K. K. (2020). Organizational membership negotiation of boundary spanners: Becoming a competent jack of all trades and master of...interactional expertise. Management Communication Quarterly, 34(1), 85-120. doi:10.1177/0893318919887371
Woo, D. (2019). Exit strategies in interorganizational collaboration: Setting the stage for re-entry. Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0093650219851418
Woo, D. (2019). Reconceptualizing interorganizational collaborations as tensile structures: Implications of conveners’ proactive tension management. Communication Monographs, 86(2), 158-183. doi:10.1080/03637751.2018.1526389
Woo, D., & Leonardi, P. M. (2018). Breaking into collaboration: Communicative strategies for gaining entry when you are not invited. Journal of Communication, 68(6), 1127-1154. doi:10.1093/joc/jqy052
Woo, D., Putnam, L. L. & Riforgiate, S. (2017). Identity work and tensions in organizational internships: A comparative analysis. Western Journal of Communication, 81(5), 560-581. doi:10.1080/10570314.2017.1312510
Awards & Recognitions
· 2019 Article of the Year Award, Organizational Communication Division, National Communication Association
· 2019 Most Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Communication Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
· 2018 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, National Communication Association
· 2018 Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award, Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division, Academy of Management
· 2014 Top Paper Award, Organizational Communication Division, International Communication Association