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ERIC Number: ED120879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 34
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Percepts of Tasks and Communication Dispersion Potential in Working Groups.
Elkins, David
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between individual group members' concepts of tasks and their tendency to communicate with each other about tasks as related to the groups' abilities to adapt to the demands of a dynamic environment. Data was gathered from five persons in the Audiovisual Support group of the American Airlines Flight Academy and from nine department heads of the staff of Doctors' Community Hospital in Hurst, Texas. All subjects were interviewed to determine the types of tasks in which they were involved as an ongoing situation. Results indicate that there is a relationship between group members' percepts of tasks and their individual tendencies to communicate within the group across symbiotic and synergistic lines. Additionally, this relationship seems dependent upon the effects of organizational design on the saliency of the goals of tasks undertaken by groups and the perceived differentiation of individual group members' task capabilities. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at Southern Illinois University