Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams: A Guide to Approaches, Tools, and Technologies / Edition 1

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This volume provides an overview of the methodological issues and challenges inherent in the study of small groups from the perspective of seasoned researchers in communication, psychology and other fields in the behavioral and social sciences. It summarizes the current state of group methods in a format that is readable, insightful, and useful for both new and experienced group researchers. This collection of essays will inspire new and established researchers alike to look beyond their current methodological approaches, covering both traditional and new methods for studying groups and exploring the full range of groups in face-to-face and online settings.

The volume will be an important addition to graduate study on group research and will be a valuable reference for established group researchers, consultants and other practitioners. The essays in this volume when considered as a whole will be a contemporary interdisciplinary integration on group research methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415806336
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/14/2011
  • Series: Routledge Communication Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea B. Hollingshead is Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has joint appointments in the Marshall School of Business and the Department of Psychology and is co-director of the Annenberg Program for Online Communities Research Initiative. Professor Hollingshead's research concerns the factors and processes that lead to effective and ineffective knowledge sharing in work groups. Her research also addresses how groups collaborate and create community using communication technologies.

Marshall Scott Poole is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His current research foci include team behavior in massive multiplayer online games, the use of information technology in emergency response, and integrating theories of small groups and social networks in the explanation of large, dynamically changing groups and intergroup networks.

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Table of Contents

Group Research Methods: An Introduction

Andrea B. Hollingshead, University of Southern California & Marshall Scott Poole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 1: Designing for Drift: Planning Ethnographic Qualitative Research on Groups

Michael G. Pratt & Najung Kim, Boston College

Chapter 2: Experimental Designs for Research on Small Groups: The 4 Ps

Patrick Laughlin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 3: Running Experiments with Groups

Gwen Wittenbaum, Michigan State University

Chapter 4: Group Research Using High Fidelity Experimental Simulations

Franziska Tschan, University of Neuch√Ętel; Norbert K. Semmer, University of Bern; Sabina Hunziker & Stephan U. Marsch, University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland

Chapter 5: Computer Simulation Methods for Groups: From Formula Translation to Agent-Based Modeling

James R. Larson, Jr., Loyola University Chicago

Chapter 6: Studying Global Work Groups in the Field

Pamela J. Hinds, Stanford University & Catherine Durnell Cramton, George Mason University

Chapter 7: Crossing Party Lines: Incorporating Measures of Individual Differences in Groups

Randall Peterson, London Business School

Chapter 8: Studying Team Cognition: The Good, the Bad, and the Practical

Susan Mohammed & Katherine Hamilton, The Pennsylvania State University

Chapter 9: Investigating Emotion and Affect in Groups

Janice R. Kelly, Purdue University; Eric E. Jones, Southern Illinois University

Chapter 10: Using Virtual Game Environments to Study Group Behavior

James H. Wirth, University of North Florida; Frans Feldberg, Alexander Schouten & Bart van den Hooff, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; and Kipling D. Williams, Purdue University

Chapter 11: Interviewing Members of Online Communities: A Practical Guide to Recruiting Participants

Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology

Chapter 12: Bona Fide Groups: A Discourse Perspective

Linda L. Putnam & Cynthia Stohl, University of California-Santa Barbara; Jane Stuart Baker, University of Alabama

Chapter 13: Understanding Group Dynamics Using Narrative Methods

SunWolf, Santa Clara University

Chapter 14: Groups and Teams in Organizations: Studying the Multilevel Dynamics of Emergence

Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Michigan State University

Chapter 15: Understanding Groups from a Network Perspective

Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern University & Chunke Su, University of Texas at Arlington

Chapter 16: Analyzing Group Data

Deborah A. Kashy & Nao Hagiwara, Michigan State University

Chapter 17: Coding Group Interaction

Renee A. Meyers, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee & David Seibold, University of California Santa-Barbara

Chapter 18: The Analysis of Group Interaction Processes

Dean E. Hewes, University of Minnesota & Marshall Scott Poole, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 19: Measuring Team Dynamics in the Wild

Michael A. Rosen, Booz Allen Hamilton; Jessica L. Wildman, University of Central Florida; Eduardo Salas, University of Central Florida; & Sara Rayne, Navy Personnel Research, Studies, and Technology

Chapter 20: Interventions in Groups: Methods for Facilitating Team Development

David Seibold, UC Santa Barbara & Renee Meyers, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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