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.  

Ethnographic Practices in Group Communication Research

Ethnographic Practices in Group Communication Research

Ethnographic practices in group communication research
Natalie J. Dollar Oregon State University
Gerianne M. Merrigan San Francisco State University

Over the past few decades, a number of scholars have criticized group communication research for its reliance on the study of groups, primarily student groups, in the laboratory (Bormann, 1970; Cragan & Wright, 1980, 1990; Frey, 1994c; Putnam & Stohl, 1990; Sykes, 1990). More recently, communication scholars have turned their attention toward the study of natural groups (see, e.g., the collection of essays in Frey, 1994b, 1995, in press). These studies, many of which are case studies, offer scholars, students, and practitioners new insights into group communication processes and practices. Case studies, for example, have advanced our understanding of antecedent influences on group ...

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