ERIC Number: ED155745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Relating Communication and the Physical Setting in Organizational Climate Research.
Pendell, Sue D.; Coray, Kevin E.
This paper discusses communication and physical-setting variables as a subset of organizational climate variables and attempts to provide a theoretical and methodological framework for organizational communication research. Attention is focused on the effects of immediate physical surroundings, the physical settings in which people work, and how these settings influence communication and organizational climate, along with perceptions of working conditions and their relationship to other organizational perceptions. The review of the literature dealing with communication and climate concludes that there has been a lack of theoretical and methodological work, although interest in these dimensions has been on the increase. Research on communication and climate requires a major effort to devise and investigate theoretical models such as the proposed multiple criterion model based on that of L.R. James. Investigation of existing theory has been methodologically limited by the use of bivariate analysis that largely ignores level of analysis. Multivariate techniques should be used in investigating such models, with level of analysis included as a relevant variable. Diagrams of the communication models are included, along with references. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (San Francisco, California, November 21-24, 1976); Figures 1 and 2 may reproduce poorly due to small type