ERIC Number: ED099943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Analyzing Human Communication Networks in Organizations: Applications to Management Problems.
Farace, Richard V.; Danowski, James A.
Investigating the networks of communication in organizations leads to an understanding of efficient and inefficient information dissemination as practiced in large systems. Most important in organizational communication is the role of the "liaison person"--the coordinator of intercommunication. When functioning efficiently, coordinators maintain information interchange throughout management communication systems. Research shows that groups formed to be creative and innovative are more successful if they are not highly centralized and dominated. Therefore, by examining the degree of centralization in similar innovative groups and organizations, an assessment of their probable success can be made. Three sources of information are needed to resolve questions on the health or adequacy of a particular communication system: expert opinion, normative data from a large sample of organizations, and accumulated research findings from studies conducted in actual organizational settings. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Montreal, Quebec, April 1973)