Dr. Tamar Lazar

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Email: Tamar@tamarlazar.co.il

Dissertation Title: The organizational discourse surrounding workers' unionization efforts in Israel 2012-2014.

Advisors: Prof. Rivka Ribak and Dr. Roei Davidson.

Tamar is an Organizational Communication scholar. Her Doctoral work focuses on the organizational discourse surrounding new workers' unionizations, in Israeli business corporations – a significantly emerging trend in recent years. She closely follows the ways in which workers utilize mobile social media in their efforts to form their representative union.

In her research, Tamar explores the sociomaterial implications of leveraging communication technologies for both organizational resistance and activism in general. She examines aspects such as mobile social media affordances and participant structures, workers' self-presentation and collective voice, and contemporary employment relations discourse.

 

Research Interests

Organizational Discourse

Social media

Unionization

Organizational resistance

Activism

Education

BA: Departments of Economics, Cinema & Television, Tel Aviv University
MA: Department of Communication, University of Haifa (Dean's list). MA thesis: The Influence of Perceived Media Influence in an Internal Organizational Communication Campaign for Business Code of Ethics Assimilation. (Supervisor: Dr. Nurit Tal-Or)

Publications

Lazar, T., Ribak, R., & Davidson, R. (2018). Mobile social media as platforms in workers’ unionization. Information, Communication & Society, 1-17.‏ https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2018.1510536
Lazar, T. (2022). Organizational scandal on social media: Workers whistleblowing on YouTube and Facebook. Information and Organization, 32, 100390.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infoandorg.2022.100390

Conference Presentations

Lazar, T. (2015) Crossing Organizational Boundaries: Employee Unionization Facebook pages. Presentation at the 1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Communication in Professional Contexts, Aalborg University, Denmark, August 20, 2015.
Lazar, T. (2017) Mobile Social Media as Platforms in Workers' Unionization. Paper presented at the annual "Communicating" graduate student conference, University of Haifa, Israel, Department of Communication, December 17, 2017.
Lazar, T. (2017) Mobile Social Media as Platforms in Workers' Unionization. Paper presented at the Israel Communication Association (ISCA) annual conference, College of Management Academic Studies, Rishon LeZion, Israel, March 29, 2018.
Lazar, T. (2018) Mobile Social Media as Platforms in Workers' Unionization. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 26, 2018.
Lazar, T. (2019) Organizational Scandal on Social Media. Paper presented at the Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) annual conference, University of Haifa, Israel, January 22, 2019.
Lazar, T. (2019) Organizational Scandal on Social Media. Paper presented at the 2nd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Communication in Professional Contexts, Aalborg University, Denmark, August 14, 2019.
Lazar, T. (2019) Organizational Scandal on Social Media: Meta- organizational Discourse. Paper presented at the annual "Communicating" graduate student conference, University of Haifa, Israel, Department of Communication, December 29, 2019.
Lazar, T. (2020) Workers' Autobiographical Testimonials on Unionization-related Facebook Pages. Paper presented at the Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) annual conference, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, February 25, 2020.
Lazar, T. (2020) Online Autobiographical Testimonials of Unionization Supporters and Opponents in a Neoliberal Organizational Setting. Paper presented at the annual "Communicating" graduate student conference, University of Haifa, Israel, Department of Communication, virtual, Dec 13, 2020.
Lazar, T. Organizational Scandal on Social Media: Workers Whistleblowing on YouTube and Facebook. Paper presented at the annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference, virtual, May 27-31, 2021.

Scholarships and Awards

2012: Merit scholarship, Graduate Studies Authority, University of Haifa
2017: Best paper award, annual "Communicating" graduate student conference, University of Haifa, Israel, Department of Communication: Mobile Social Media as Platforms in Workers' Unionization.
2018: Best paper award, the Israeli Industry Relations Research Institute: Mobile Social Media as Platforms in Workers' Unionization.
2020: "Yediot Haifa" scholarship for excellent study: Organizational scandal on social media: Workers whistleblowing on YouTube and Facebook.
2020: Yakir award for excellent PhD candidates, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa.
2020: Outstanding paper award, annual "Communicating" graduate student conference, University of Haifa, Israel, Department of Communication: Online autobiographical testimonials of unionization supporters and opponents in a neoliberal organizational setting.

Courses Taught

2011-2014: Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (school of management and economics, Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College).

Additional Information

2016-2018: International Communication Association (ICA) board member – student and early career representative.

Department of Communication, University of Haifa | Department address: Room 8034, Rabin Building, University of Haifa, 199 Aba Khoushy Ave., Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905 | Phone: 04-8249283 | Fax: 04-8249120 | e-mail: nnathan@univ.haifa.ac.il |

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