Kathy Krone
Professor, Organizational Communication Communication Studies

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1985

Dr. Kathy Krone, Professor,  is an organizational communication scholar whose research highlights the ways in which various forms of organizing enable and constrain participation and the development of voice. Recent projects take up this issue as it arises in a local community consensus-building process and in challenges of organizing on behalf of refugee resettlement. Together these projects share a concern for the creative potential of communication to work more meaningfully with socially complex situations. Dr. Krone is past chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association, a member of the International Communication Association and a participant in the Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Scholarship. Here at UNL she also serves as program faculty with Women’s & Gender Studies.


Kang, D. J., & Krone, K. J. (2021). Organising dissonance on the Tibetan Plateau: Insights from the wisdom of non-duality. Culture and Organization doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2021.1963963

Tye-Williams, S., & Krone, K. J. (2017). Identifying and re-imagining the paradox of workplace bullying advice.  Journal of Applied Communication Research, 45, 218-235.  doi.org/10.1080/00909882.2017.128829   

Krone, K. J., & Dougherty, D. S. (2015). Re-claiming an unfinished past:  From emotional labor to critical emotional agency. Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronic de Communication, 25 (3 & 4).

Tye-Williams, S., & Krone, K. J. (2015). Chaos, reports and quests:  Narrative agency and co-workers in stories of workplace bullying. Management Communication Quarterly, 29, 3-27. doi: 10.1177/0893318914552029 (recipient of MCQ’s 2015 Article of the Year Award).

Krone, K. J., & Steimel, S. J. (2013). Cooperative struggle: Reframing intercultural conflict in the management of Sino-American joint ventures. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 6, 259-279. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2013.829577

*Kirby, E. L., & Krone, K. J. (2002).  “The policy exists, but you can’t really use it”:  Communication and the structuration of work-family policies.  Journal of Applied Communication Research, 30, 50-77.  doi: 10.1080/00909880216577  [*Recipient of the 2015 National Communication Association’s Charles H. Woolbert Research Award]


  • COMM 986A: Perspectives in Organizational Communication Research
  • COMM 986D: Special Topics in Organizational Communication


  • COMM 271: Organizing Social Change
  • COMM 386: Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • COMM 371: Communication in Negotiation & Conflict Management
  • COMM 486: Communicating Organizational Culture & Power