ERIC Number: ED122314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Referential Function of Internal Communication Groups in Complex Organizations: An Empirical Analysis.
Taylor, James A.; Farace, Richard V.
This paper argues that people who interact regularly and repetitively among themselves create a conjoint information space wherein common values, attitudes, and beliefs arise through the process of information transmission among the members in the space. Three major hypotheses concerning informal communication groups in organizations were tested in a study which employed data gathered by survey instruments from a Midwest manufacturing concern of approximately 450 employees. The results of the study showed that members of informal groups feel less inclined to trust their work team members; less willing to advocate staying with the work team; less willing to rate highly the performance of their group; and less likely to see themselves as substantially important to the productivity of the team. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Portland, Oregon, April 1976)