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Communication in Groups
Communication and Social Order
Communication and Social Order
Paperback      ISBN: 087855971x

In this highly influential study of art forms as models for a theory of communications, Hugh Dalziel Duncan demonstrates that without understanding of the role of symbols in society, social scientists cannot hope to develop adequate models for social analysis. He reviews critically major contributions to communication theory during the past century: Freud's analysis of dream symbolism, Simmel's concept of sociability, James' insights into religious experience, and Dewey's relating of art to experience.

Communication Planning: An Integrated Approach
Communication Planning
An Integrated Approach
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761913130

The nature of the communicator′s job has changed dramatically over the last decade. While communicators still prepare speeches, press releases and articles for corporate magazines, they are now being asked to perform managerial duties such as planning, consulting stakeholders and advising CEO′s and vice presidents.

Communication Planning focuses on these additional responsibilities and examines the role of integrated planning in modern organizations. Sherry Ferguson′s comprehensive study includes the theoretical foundations of communication planning and strategic approaches to planning for issues management.

Communication, Organization, and Performance
Communication, Organization, and Performance
Hardcover      ISBN: 1567502407

This book examines the relationship between communication and organizational structure. It demonstrates that organizational structure must align itself with communication structure for effective performance. A detailed table of the communication process is used to examine a range of organization structures including scientific management, bureaucracy, functional integration, management by objectives, strategic alignment, quality management, and self-managing teams. The examination concludes that the structure required for the 21st century will put into effect Follett's principle of functional integration, but associate with it techniques such as strategic alignment and quality management. Functional integration requires mutual negotiation of meaning and relatedness built on integration of the individual, the group, and the organization. The development of controlled cooperation resulting from mutual negotiation and integration will make formidable demands on managerial competence. This book provides readers with a strategy for organizing a workforce with expectations of personal fulfillment from work, in a climate of intense international competition.

Conflict Resolution: Theory, Research, and Practice
Conflict Resolution
Theory, Research, and Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 0791431029

Broadly defining "conflict resolution," James A. Schellenberg gives systematic coverage to five main ways people may try to resolve their conflicts: coercion, negotiation, adjudication, mediation, and arbitration. The main theories of conflict, both classic and contemporary, are reviewed under four main categories: individual characteristics theories, social process theories, social structural theories, and formal theories.

Conflict, Mediated Message, and Group Dynamics: Intersections of Communication
Conflict, Mediated Message, and Group Dynamics
Intersections of Communication
Hardcover      ISBN: 1498535488

Conflict, Mediated Message, and Group Dynamics: Intersections of Communication establishes a framework to explore the ways emotions enter a conflict scenario and investigate their role as either causes or consequences of conflict. This edited collection's chapters shed light on the questions of the extent to which context on the one hand and culture-related dimensions on the other are conducive to conflict dynamicity and management either by calming emotions-and conflict-or by increasing their severity.

The Consensus Building Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching Agreement
The Consensus Building Handbook
A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching Agreement
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761908447

This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.

Conversation Analysis
Conversation Analysis
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 074563866x

Talk is a central activity in social life. But how is ordinary talk organized? How do people coordinate their talk in interaction? And what is the role of talk in wider social processes? Conversation Analysis has developed over the past forty years as a key method for studying social interaction and language use. Its unique perspective and systematic methods make it attractive to an interdisciplinary audience.

In this second edition of their highly acclaimed introduction, Ian Hutchby and Robin Wooffitt offer a wide-ranging and accessible overview of key issues in the field. The second edition has been substantially revised to incorporate recent developments, including an entirely new final chapter exploring the contribution of Conversation Analysis to key issues in social science. The book provides a grounding in the theory and methods of Conversation Analysis, and demonstrates its procedures by analyzing a variety of concrete examples.

Written in a lively and engaging style, Conversation Analysis has become indispensable reading for students and researchers in sociology, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, social psychology, communication studies and anthropology.

Conversation Analysis
Conversation Analysis
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0745638651

Talk is a central activity in social life. But how is ordinary talk organized? How do people coordinate their talk in interaction? And what is the role of talk in wider social processes? Conversation Analysis has developed over the past forty years as a key method for studying social interaction and language use. Its unique perspective and systematic methods make it attractive to an interdisciplinary audience.

In this second edition of their highly acclaimed introduction, Ian Hutchby and Robin Wooffitt offer a wide-ranging and accessible overview of key issues in the field. The second edition has been substantially revised to incorporate recent developments, including an entirely new final chapter exploring the contribution of Conversation Analysis to key issues in social science. The book provides a grounding in the theory and methods of Conversation Analysis, and demonstrates its procedures by analyzing a variety of concrete examples.

Written in a lively and engaging style, Conversation Analysis has become indispensable reading for students and researchers in sociology, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, social psychology, communication studies and anthropology.

Creating a Climate for Power Learning
Creating a Climate for Power Learning
Paperback      ISBN: 1570251398

37 Mind-Stretching Activities: Tap creativity, build cooperation, and promote problem solving with 37 thought-provoking activities guaranteed to create a climate for change. From keynote speeches to staff meetings to group presentations, use these fun icebreakers to help your audience members: relax, focus on your message, connect with one another, look at a problem with a fresh pair of eyes, get a grip on difficult concepts, rethink preconceived notions, and work as a team. Whatever your topic, you'll love the way these exercises prepare participants for learning by energizing minds and bodies, engaging different learning styles, and facilitating free thinking.

Creating Effective Groups: The Art of Small Group Communication, Third Edition
Creating Effective Groups
The Art of Small Group Communication, Third Edition
3rd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1442222492

This practical book gives students the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to communicate more effectively and interact more productively in the small group setting. With the help of this book, any group member can learn the skills necessary to participate in and lead a task group in an effective, productive, and healthy manner. This third edition features all new sections on: - "The Power of Diversity" - "Critically Thinking About Yourself As A Communicator" - "Defensive vs. Supportive Climates" - "Ethical Communication" - "Time Management" - "Impromptu Speaking" - "The Spirit of Collaboration" As well as new end chapter exercises in several chapters focusing on Online Resources and Social Media.