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ERIC Number: ED137887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 24
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A Theory of Electronic Propinquity: Mediated Communication in Organizations.
Korzenny, Felipe
This paper proposes a theoretical approach to mediated communication in organizations. It is argued that the man/machine interface in mediated human communication is better dealt with when a comprehensive theoretical approach is used than when separate communication devices are tested as they appear in the market, such as video-teleconferencing. Propinquity, or proximity, is considered to be the system's trait which is essential for the continuation of the human communication system. In a structural functional analysis, six propositions, 15 derived corollaries, and two limits propositions are presented. The variables included in the propositions are: perceived propinquity, perceived bandwidth, perceived complexity of the information, perceived degree of mutual directionality of the channel, communication skills, perceived communication rules, perceived number of choices among channels, perceived conflict, and perceived turbulence in the environment. Evidence from past research is used to support the perspective presented. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Berlin, West Germany, May 28-June 4, 1977)