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Prof Shiv Ganesh

Professor in Communication

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

Shiv’s research engages with substantive issues that arise from the intersection of communication processes with globalisation, digital technologies, and civil society organising. Specific studies he has published have examined the intersection of two or more of these phenomena, including such topics as technological transformations in collective action, global aspects of the digital divide, dialogue and social change, volunteering and non-profit organising, global neoliberalism and entrepreneurship, and global rhetoric about technology. Shiv’s current Marsden-funded project, which began in 2013, builds on his research agenda by tracing how emerging and established forms of social justice organising in Aotearoa New Zealand intersect in volatile technological environments.


Shiv’s research and writing has also won numerous awards. He recently won an Article of the Year Award from the National Communication Association in the USA, the world’s largest body of communication researchers, for outstanding contributions to Public Relations Theory, for his monograph in Communication Theory, co-authored with Heather Zoller and titled “Dialogue, activism and democratic social change.” In 2012 he was also the recipient of the prestigious Frederic Jablin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Organizational Communication, awarded by the International Communication Association in May 2012. He also held a Marsden Foundation grant to investigate global social justice organising in Aotearoa New Zealand from 2007-2009, and a paper published from that grant in the journal Communication Monographs won the 2011 outstanding article of the year award from the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He has also received top paper awards in 2010 and 2011 from the International Communication Association as well as the National Communication Association for papers on global aspects of the digital divide as well as the rhetoric of climate change denial. In 2010, his book, co-authored with George Cheney, Lars Christensen and Ted Zorn, titled “Organisational Communication in an Age of Globalisation” won the top textbook award from the Organisational Communication Division at the National Communication Association.


Until August 2013 Shiv was  editor-in-chief of the National Communication Association’s Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and is on the editorial board of several top Communication and Management journals, including Communication Monographs, Journal of Communication, Human Relations, Management Communication QuarterlyJournal of Intercultural Communication Research, and Organization.

While now primarily in an administrative role as Head of School, Shiv continues to maintain an active research profile, both in New Zealand and abroad. He recently delivered the keynote address at the VIIIth Congress of Organizational Communication and Public Research in Londrina, Brazil, and earlier in 2014 delivered the annual Corus Entertainment Distinguished Lecture at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada.

Shiv Ganesh (PhD Purdue University) is Professor of Communication and Head of School at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University. Shiv's research engages with substantive issues that arise from the intersection of communication processes with globalization, digital technologies sand civil society organizing. Specific studies he has published include such topics as technological transformations in collective action and social justice, dialogue and social change, volunteering and nonprofit organizing, global aspects of the digital divide, and neoliberalism and entrepreneurship.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 43314
    Location: 3.31, Quad B
    Campus: Albany

Research Expertise


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102): International and Development Communication (200103): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 4

Current Projects

Project Title: Activism, technology and organising: Transformations in collective action in Aotearoa NZ

Date Range: 2013 - 2017

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Full

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Roper, J., Ganesh, S., & Zorn, TE. (2016). Doubt, Delay, and Discourse: Skeptics’ Strategies to Politicize Climate Change. Science Communication. 38(6), 776-799
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S., Zorn, T.
Ganesh, S. (2016). Managing surveillance: Surveillant individualism in an era of relentless visibility. International Journal of Communication. 10, 164-177
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Ganesh, S., & Zoller, HM. (2012). Dialogue, activism, and democratic social change. Communication Theory. 22(1), 66-91
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Inkson, K., Gunz, H., Ganesh, S., & Roper, J. (2012). Boundaryless Careers: Bringing Back Boundaries. Organization Studies. 33(3), 323-340
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Ganesh, S., & Holmes, P. (2011). Positioning intercultural dialogue -theories, pragmatics, and an agenda. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. 4(2), 81-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Roper, J., Ganesh, S., & Inkson, K. (2010). Neoliberalism and knowledge interests in boundaryless careers discourse. Work, Employment and Society. 24(4), 661-679
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Gill, R., & Ganesh, S. (2007). Empowerment, constraint, and the entrepreneurial self: A study of white women entrepreneurs. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 35(3), 268-293
[Journal article]Authored by: Ganesh, S., Gill, R.


Ganesh, S. (2017). What’s new about global social justice movements?. In J. Drzewiecka, & T. Nakayama (Eds.) Global Perspectives on Culture and Communication. New York, United States of America: Peter Lang
[Chapter]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Ganesh, S., & Stohl, C. (2014). Communication, organizing, & social movements. In DL. Mumby, & LL. Putnam (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Communication: Advances in Theory, Research and Methods. Newbury Park, United States of America: Sage Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Ganesh, S.
Ganesh, S., & Zoller, HM. (2014). Organizing transition: Principles and tensions in eco-localism. In M. Parker, G. Cheney, V. Fournier, & C. Land (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization. (pp. 236 - 250). London, United Kingdom: Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Ganesh, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 0
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Fei Xiao - PhD
    LGBTQ Co-cultures and LGBTQ Identities on Chinese Social Media
  • Leon Salter - PhD
    Neoliberalization, the media and resistance: articulations of the entrepreneurial self in New Zealand education policy discourse 1984-2013
  • Murdoch Stephens - PhD
    How might critique respond to the urgency of climate change? A challenge for environmental communication.

CoSupervisor of:

  • Sandra Barnett - PhD
    The mind or psyche of the New Zealand SME owner of manager through the lens of LinkedIn.

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