ERIC Number: ED229810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Grapevines: A State-of-the-Art Review.
Hellweg, Susan A.
Noting that the informal communication network or grapevine plays an important role in organizational functioning, this paper reviews research focusing on organizational grapevines from the communication, organizational psychology, and management literature. Among the issues discussed in the review are (1) the speed and accuracy of the grapevine, (2) media, (3) direction of grapevine flow, (4) initiators and recipients of grapevine information (organizational position and level, sex, functional grouping, and tenure), and (5) perceived value or influence of the information. The paper presents a number of generalizations based on the review, compares the research methodology used in the studies, and evaluates ecco analysis as an effective tool for measuring grapevine communication. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ecco Analysis; Grapevines (Communication)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).