Despite the importance of group communication processes, they remain elusive and difficult to understand, and the type of theory necessary to make sense of these processes differs from those commonly found in the social sciences.
This collection of essays advances a unique perspective on group decision-making which is complementary to approaches taken in management, psychology and sociology. As the new edition of this book demonstrates, a number of strong theoretical frameworks have developed over the past 15 years together with considerable empirical evidence. The essays are distinctive both in their explicit focus on communication processes and in their location in a unique intellectual tradition. As such the book serves
About the Author
M. Scott Poole (Ph.D., University of WisconsinMadison [communication arts]; M.A., Michigan State University [communication]; B.A., University of WisconsinMadison [communication arts]) is one of the nation’s top scholars in group communication and in organizational communication. Among his publications is one of the leading college textbooks on organizational communication (Strategic Organizational Communication, 5/e, Wadsworth); he is also co-editor of SAGE’s Handbook of Group Communication. He has been chair of the Organizational Communication Division of NCA and was the chair and founding member of NCA’s Group Communication Division. He is, or has been, a member of the following editorial journal boards: Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Academy of Management Review, Communication Theory, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Journal of Electronically-Mediated Communication, Journal of Organizational Discourse, Information and Organization.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTIONIntroduction - Marshall Scott Poole and Randy Y Hirokawa Communication and Group Decision MakingRemembering and 'Re-membering' - Lawrence R Frey A History of Theory and Research on Communication and Group Decision MakingPART TWO: THEORIESFunctional Theory and Commumnication in Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Groups - Dennis S Gouran and Randy Y Hirokawa An Expanded ViewSymbolic Convergence Theory and Communication in Group Decision Making - Ernest G BormannThe Structuration of Group Decisions - Marshall Scott Poole, David R Seibold, and Robert D Mc PheeBona Fide Groups - Linda L Putnam and Cynthia Stohl An Alternative Perspective for Communication and Small Group Decision MakingSmall Group Communication May Not Influence Decision Making - Dean E Hewes An Amplification of Socio-Egocentric TheoryPART THREE: PROCESSESDevelopmental Processes in Group Decision Making - Marshall Scott Poole and Carolyn L BaldwinCommunication and Influence in Group Decision Making - David R Seibold, Renée Meyers, and SunwolfCommunication and Group Decision-Making Effectiveness - Randy Y Hirokawa, Larry Erbert, and Anthony HurstLeadership Skills and the Dialectics of Leadership in Group Decision Making - J Kevin BargePART FOUR: PROCEDURESProcedures for Enhancing Group Decision Making - Susan JarboeProcedural Influence on Group Decision Making - James H Davis, Lorne Hulbert, and Wing Tung Au The Case of Straw Polls - Observation and SimulationNew Communication Technologies for Group Decision Making - Poppy Lauretta Mc Leod Toward an Integrative Framework