Communication in Small Groups: Theory, Process, Skills

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Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Aug 1, 2003 - Business & Economics - 350 pages
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This well-respected text balances theory and processes with skill development. The authors are active researchers, lecturers, and communication consultants. They draw on their experiences to provide students with a clear introduction to the study of small group communication. Communication in Small Groups puts theory and research into practice. A primary objective is to discuss small group communication theory and research in a way that allows the reader to apply concepts and principles to the process of communication when working as a member of a team.

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Contents

Learning Small Group
32
Orientation Task and Primary
39
Types of Work Groups 15 Symbolic Convergence Theory and
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John F. Cragan is Distinguished Professor and Assistant Chair in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. He has published extensively in the areas of small group, organizational, and applied communication and has co-authored several books and scores of articles. In addition, he has consulted for numerous public and private organizations, including State Farm, 3M, and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

David W. Wright was Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. He published extensively in the areas of small group and organizational communication and consulted for GTE and the Detroit Police Department.

Chris R. Kasch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. His current research and teaching interests lie in the area of organizational communication, including interpersonal, small group, and computer-mediated communication. In 1996, he was the first faculty member at Bradley to develop and teach courses online, including courses in Virtual Teams, Interactive Advertising, Training and Development, and Organizational Culture and Change. He has consulted for numerous public and private organizations including Caterpillar, State Farm, and various regional and national nursing associations.

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