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.  

The Group Dynamics Q-Sort in Group Communication Research

The Group Dynamics Q-Sort in Group Communication Research

The group dynamics q-sort in group communication research
Randall S. Peterson London Business School

A number of communication scholars have openly questioned the validity of group communication research, in part because a large majority of it has been conducted in the laboratory with zero-history, short-term (e.g., 1-hour) student groups solving artificial tasks created by researchers. These scholars have made increasingly impassioned pleas for the study of natural or “real-world” groups (see Cragan & Wright, 1990; Frey, 1994; Poole, 1990; Putnam & Stohl, 1990, 1996; Sykes, 1990). More specifically, Putnam and Stohl (1990, 1996) argued that group communication researchers should study bona fide groups that (a) have stable yet permeable boundaries, (b) demonstrate shifting borders, and (c) are interdependent with ...

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