Small Group Communication Theory

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Small Group Communication Theory

  1. 1. Part 1 Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Chapter 2 Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  3. 3.  To explain To predict Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  4. 4.  Observe a phenomenon Witness a repeated pattern Develop an explanation Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  5. 5.  Combining multitude of facts so that one may comprehend them all at once Enables us to make scientific predictions Crucial to the study of small groups Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Explanatory function Predictive function  Explains why  Understanding the some groups are process effective  Leads to improving  Determines why the process certain types of leadership styles are effective Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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  8. 8.  Increases with group size Isimpacted by group members thoughts and beliefs Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  9. 9.  Complexityis pervasive characteristic of small groups and teams No single theory can account for all variables Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  10. 10.  Systems Theory Social Exchange Theory Symbolic Convergence Theory Structuration Theory Functional Theory Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  11. 11.  Openness to environment Interdependence Input variables Process variables Output variables Synergy Entropy Equifinality Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  13. 13.  Fantasy theme  Creative and shared interpretation of events Fantasy chain  A string of connected stories that revolve around common theme Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  14. 14.  Focuses on individual behaviors Utilizes rules and systems to structure behavior Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  15. 15.  Group Members Attempt to satisfy task requirements Use communication to overcome constraints Take time to review the process Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  16. 16.  Communication Leadership Goals Norms Roles Cohesiveness Situation Copyright © 2012, 2009, 2006, Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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