ERIC Number: ED087076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
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Communication Behavior in a Simulated Organizational Setting.
Beaver, Claude D.; Jandt, Fred E.
The nature of the work on an automated assembly line is the major cause of complaint among workers and labor unions. In trying to solve the problem of alienation among American industrial workers, a simulation model, "Kingscity," patterned after the General Motors plant at Lordstown, Ohio, was utilized in a basic interpersonal communication course at the State University College at Brockport, New York. Results suggested that a simulation model can aid in studying worker alienation with these modifications: (1) the choice sheet should be reduced to a few items or only items dealing with powerlessness; (2) the Zuckerman and Lubin Multiple Affect Adjective Check List could be eliminated or reduced to a shorter form; and, (3) the model should attempt to measure dehumanization feelings based on Kahn's definition. (DS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (59th, New York City, Nov. 8-11, 1973)