ERIC Number: ED185969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Comments on the Gatekeeper Concept in Science and Technology.
The criticism of the two-step flow model of information dissemination in mass media research should also apply, this paper argues, to studies of gatekeepers in R & D (research and development) organizations: the 2-step flow model does not tell us with whom the gatekeeper is communicating, what is being discussed, or what effect the gatekeeper has on internal informal dissemination. Using an empirical study of an R & D organization, the thesis is presented that gatekeepers can contribute to an elitist pattern of distribution rather than to a reduction of the information gap. Finally, it is suggested that studies of internal communication in R & D organizations should deal with communication relationships rather than individuals as units of analysis. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Library.