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Overview

As the best-selling text in the field of small-group communication, Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, by Steven A. Beebe and John T. Masterson, has provided readers with a wealth of relevant, practical, and up-to-date information for over a decade and a half. Balancing theoretical perspectives with numerous application and skill activities, the new edition features the following: an emphasis on group communication competency, expanded coverage of fantasy themes and symbolic convergence theory, how to avoid reasoning fallacies when solving problems and making decisions, integrated group problem solving and tools for structuring problem solving and decision making in groups and teams, how to deal with difficult people when managing conflict, the latest research conclusions about leadership and teams, new principles and frameworks for organizing any meeting, and references to total quality management and the role of collaboration in the work force.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205770632
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Series: MyCommunicationKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Steven Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University. Dr. Beebe is serving in his 28th year as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He has served as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for 25 years. He is the author and co-author of twelve books, with most books in multiple editions. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 articles and book chapters and made more than 150 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

Steve has been a visiting scholar at both Oxford University and Cambridge University and is a member of the Common Room of Wolfson College, Oxford University. He has given lectures and presentations in Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and has made 14 trips to Russia where he has been instrumental in establishing the first communication courses there.

Dr. Beebe teaches courses in small group communication, communication training and development, pubic speaking, interpersonal communication and C. S. Lewis. He made international headlines in 2009 when he discovered a manuscript in the Oxford University library that was the opening chapter of a book that was to be co-authored by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. He teaches a course about C. S. Lewis and Communication at Oxford University.

He was named Outstanding Communication Professor in America by the National Speaker’s Association, and has received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Service—the highest research and service awards at Texas Stat. Steve was also named Honors Professor of the Year at Texas State. Steve and his wife Sue were named Outstanding Alumni by their Alma Mater, the University of Central Missouri. He is currently President of the National Communication Association, the largest professional communication association in the world.

Dr. John Masterson is Executive Vice President and Provost emeritus of Texas Lutheran University. He has taught Communication courses for over 30 years and has presented or published dozens of papers and articles as well as four books co-authored with Steven Beebe. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service.

Prior to his move to Texas, Dr. Masterson served the University of Miami (FL) for 22 years as professor of communication, associate dean of the School of Communication, dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, and vice provost for Undergraduate Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 An Introduction to Small Group Communication 1
Ch. 2 Small Group Communication Theory 30
Ch. 3 Group Formation 51
Ch. 4 Relating to Others in Small Groups 70
Ch. 5 Improving Group Climate 103
Ch. 6 Nonverbal Group Dynamics 135
Ch. 7 Small Group Decision Making and Problem Solving 170
Ch. 8 Small Group Problem-Solving Techniques 209
Ch. 9 Conflict Management in Small Groups 246
Ch. 10 Leadership 286
Ch. 11 Small Group Communication in Organizations 313
App Communicating in Small Groups to an Audience 348
Glossary 357
Acknowledgments 363
Index 364
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