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 State of Traits: Predispositions and Group Communication

The State of Traits: Predispositions and Group Communication

The state of traits: Predispositions and group communication
Joann Keyton Lawrence R. Frey The University of Memphis

In a provocative article titled “Humans Would Do Better Without Groups,” Buys (1978) argued that because of the many problems that groups cause, people would be better off without groups. In response, L. R. Anderson (1978) penned an essay titled “Groups Would Do Better Without Humans,” in which he asserted that the problem was not groups per se but the people who composed them, in that “humans seldom work at maximum ability levels, seldom communicate with any degree of accuracy or logic and are constantly in need of social-emotional satisfaction for their simpering insecurities about affection, esteem, love, etc.” (p. 557). Although ...

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