New Directions in Group Communication takes as its mission the setting of the agenda for the study of group communication in the future. It does so by presenting work that scholars have not previously explored in the current small group communication literature. Part I focuses on new theoretical and conceptual directions, both presenting new views and extending current positions. Part II examines new research methodologies, while Part III looks at antecedent factors affecting group communication. Parts IV and V of the text provide insight into both group communication process and practices. Part VI covers different group communication contexts, including communication patterns in top management teams.  

Getting to “GroupAha!”: Provoking Creative Processes in Task Groups

Getting to “GroupAha!”: Provoking Creative Processes in Task Groups

Getting to “GroupAha!”: Provoking creative processes in task groups
Sun Wolf Santa Clara University

But the process of creating or innovating almost always involves more than an isolated person working alone.

Scheidel (1986, p. 125)

In a global world in which change is rapid and competition pervasive, pressure increases to produce more creative ideas ever more quickly. Innovations in the world of natural task groups have been predicted to carry important consequences for the study of communication and group decision making (Frey, 1996); specifically, groups now continually confront tasks that require the devotion of at least part of the discussion time to creative problem solving. To be effective at accomplishing the demand for creativity, group members need a new set ...

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