ERIC Number: ED254872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Use of SYMLOG as an Interpretive Foil for Participant Observer Research in Organizations.
Savage, Grant T.
In addition to assessing observed communication behaviors, this paper suggests that SYMLOG--a System for the Multiple Level Observation of Groups--can be used by participant-observers as a foil for interpreting how their own value orientations affect their data collecting and theorizing. The first section of the paper examines the research role and experience of the participant-observer as one of being both near and distant from the social phenomenon being studied. The second section briefly reviews the theory of SYMLOG, which uses three orthogonal dimensions to describe the quality of the behavior of group members or the images suggested in the content of what they say: (1) Dominant vs. Submissive, (2) Friendly vs. Unfriendly, and (3) Instrumentally Controlled vs. Emotionally Expressive. The third section examines the SYMLOG coding procedures, and the fourth describes a study in which the coding procedures were used to score a meeting and the results compared to field notes of that meeting, illustrating the use of SYMLOG as an interpretive foil. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Researcher Role; SYMLOG Coding System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).