ERIC Number: ED030440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
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Exploration of Oral/Informal Technical Communications Behavior. Final Report.
Graham, Warren R.; And Others
The report explores and defines the boundaries of informal scientific and technological communication, based on data from scientists and engineers. A major purpose of the report was to determine the kinds of management decisions needed to enhance research productivity by improving informal research communication. The report includes: (1) a survey of current literature on research relating to informal scientific communications, with a list of 35 references; (2) a summation of informal communications problems reported by research managers and their suggestions for improvement; and (3) an analysis of interviews, questionnaires, and critical incident reports supplied from 326 research project directors. Data is reported on: (1) how informal and formal communications are interrelated; (2) how difficult-to-obtain information is located; (3) the values of informal research communications; (4) effects on research motivation and innovation; (5) informational exchanges and newsletters; (6) intra-organization communications; (8) directories of specialists; (9) visiting of other laboratories; (10) meetings and conferences; (11) use of communications technology; (12) restrictions on information transfer; and (13) the functions of informal communications in the research process. A list of overall problems and recommendations completes the report. (USGRDR/JW)
Descriptors: Administration, Communication Problems, Communication (Thought Transfer), Conferences, Decision Making, Engineers, Information Dissemination, Information Seeking, Literature Reviews, Research Utilization, Scientific Personnel, Speech Communication
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD-669 586, MF-$0.65; HC-$3.00)
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Sponsor: Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD), Washington, DC.
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