ERIC Number: ED066785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Analyzing an Organization Via Its Internal Communication Patterns.
Conrath, David W.; Johnson, Gordon A.
This paper outlines a research program that focuses on organizational communication as a means for both normative and descriptive models of organization. The author proposes a methodology for the measurement of organizational structure that appears relevant for both laboratory and field study research. In addition, the basis for concepts of structure that promise to bridge the research gap between the development of organization theory and the pragmatics of organization design is presented. The use of the methodology for studying the concept of organization is demonstrated, and one particular concept of structure that evolves from the methodology is developed. Finally, some results from research that has been conducted using early forms of the approach are presented. These results indicate that certain patterns of communication, when distinguished by this methodology, are associated with particular a priori forms of organization, such as the authority structure and the task structure. (Author/JH)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Communications, Interaction Process Analysis, Interior Design, Interpersonal Relationship, Measurement Techniques, Objectives, Organization, Organizational Climate, Physical Environment, Power Structure, Research Methodology, Sociometric Techniques, Speeches, Work Environment
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canada Council, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Institute of Management Science International Meeting (19th, Houston, Texas, April 4-8, 1972)