ERIC Number: ED151888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
The Relationship of Open Communication to Organizational Success: An Exploratory Study of the Indirect Hypothesis.
Rogers, Donald P.
Many research studies have revealed links between open communication and organizational success. A correlational study was conducted to determine whether that relationship is indirect, rather than direct. To simplify the analysis only one intervening variable--innovativeness--was employed. The subjects in the study--94 members of six organizational groups--reported their perceptions of the degree of open communication, innovation, and success in their organizations. Analysis of the data revealed that correlations for the three measures were statistically significant and that, with the effects of innovation removed, the correlation between open communication and perceived success was no longer statistically significant. The results thus challenge the assumption of a direct relationship between open communication and organizational success. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Boston, Massachusetts, March 1978)