Surabhi Sahay, Ph.D.

Surabhi Sahay
Assistant Professor, Corporate Communication
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Sutherland, 418

    Teaching Interests

    Surabhi has taught various courses in Organizational Communication, Communication Theory, Team Dynamics, and Research Methods. 

    Research Interest

    Surabhi Sahay conducts research in topics of organizational change and stakeholder participation. Her research broadly examines consequences and implications of participatory designs for stakeholders during times of organizational change. In her comprehensive approach, Surabhi explores stakeholder perspectives to determine how different designs of participation can impact stakeholders and organizations.

    Surabhi has studied organizational change in various contexts such as medical centers, and has conducted research with individuals belonging to different levels in organizations. This has been especially useful in comparing the reactions and attitudes of multiple individuals towards participation and participatory designs. Her scholarship involves a range of methodologies with qualitative, quantitative, and observational studies.

    The author has coauthored various book chapters and encyclopedia pieces in organizational change and change communication. Her research has also appeared in The Electronic Journal of Communication, Western Journal of Communication and The Atlantic Journal of Communication. She is an active member of the National Communication Association and International Communication Association.

    Academic Recognition and Honors

    • Departmental Graduating Student of the Year Award, Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, 2017
    • Top Student Panel, NJCA, 2016
    • Top Paper, NCA, Human Communication and Technology division, 2014
    • Top Four Paper, NCA, Organizational Communication division, 2014
    • Fellow, PreDoctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), university-wide selection of 18 fellows, 2012

    Scott, C.R., & Sahay, S. (2018). Hide and Don’t Seek: Analyzing Strategies for Concealing Organizations and Their Members. The Atlantic Journal of Communication.

    Sahay, S., Dwyer, M., Scott, C.R., Dadlani, P. & McKinley, E. (2017). Organizations in Hiding: Appropriateness, Effectiveness, and Motivations for Concealment. The Electronic Journal of Communication.

    Dwyer, M., Sahay, S., Scott, C.R., Dadlani, P., & McKinley, E. (2017). Technologies of Concealment: Appropriateness, Effectiveness, and Motivations for Hiding Organizational Identity. Western Journal of Communication.

    Lewis, L. K., & Sahay, S. (2017).  Encyclopedia entry: Organizational Change.  In Scott, C., & Lewis, L., (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. (10,000 words)

    Lewis, L. K., & Sahay, S. (In press).  Encyclopedia entry: Change Communication.  In Heath, R., & Johansen, W., (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of strategic communication. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. (6000 words)

    Book Chapters

    Lewis, L., & Sahay, S. (under contract, anticipated 2019). Change and Change Management. In Mitra, R., & MacDonald, J.(Eds.), Organizational Communication Research and Practice: Current trends and future directions. Abingdon, UK, Routledge.

    Lewis, L., & Sahay, S. (2017). Organizational Change. Encyclopedia entry in C. R. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

    Lewis, L., & Sahay, S. (2017). Strategic organizational change. Encyclopedia entry in W. Johanssen & B. Heath (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Strategic Communication. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

    Gigliotti, R., Agnew, B., Goldthwaite, C., Sahay, S., Dwyer, M., Ruben, B.D (2016). Scholar-in-training; Leader-in-training: The Rutgers University Predoctoral leadership. In Blessinger, P. & Stockley, D., (Eds.), Emerging Directions in Doctoral Leadership.

    Aakhus, M., Dadlani, P., Gigliotti, R., Goldwaithe, C., Kosterich, A. & Sahay, S. (2016). Communication expertise as organizational practice: Competing ideas about communication in the market for solutions. In J. Treem & P. Leonardi (Eds.), Communication and expertise: Consulting organizational experts in the Information Age. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


    Ph.D. Communication, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

    M.A. Communication and Information Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

    B.A. Broadcasting, Telecommunication and Mass Media, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA