ERIC Number: ED448673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Mapping Efficient Communication Networks in Higher Education.
Lubinescu, E. S.; Prabhu, R. P.; Terheggen, S. L.
Some perspectives are presented that help explain communication networks in institutions of higher education and the factors that impede or facilitate their efficient functioning. The first theory that informs this exploration is that of K. Wieck (1969), which states that communication can be viewed through the lens of "sensemaking." The collective sensemaking of organizational players is based on communication that has been filtered or perceived selectively by key players. The theories of J. Pfeffer suggest that by assessing who holds the information and how much of this information they are willing to divulge, a communication network can be mapped to account for the gatekeeper role in an organization. Notions of coupling based on the work of H. Mintzberg provide a foundation from which to analyze communication networks. These combined perspectives provide an inclusive way of viewing communication networks and mapping a network that provides an institution with the greatest effectiveness and efficiency. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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