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ERIC Number: ED030440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 179
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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)
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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