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Communication in Small Groups: Theory, Process, and Skills 7th Edition

John F. Cragan, David W. Wright, Chris R. Kasch

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2004, 1999, 1995
  • 360 Pages

Overview

COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS: THEORY, PROCESS, SKILLS expertly balances theory and processes with practical skill development. Drawing on their extensive and varied experience as active researchers, lecturers, and communication consultants, the authors provide students with a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of small group communication. This well-respected text effectively integrates theory, research, and practice, guiding readers to apply concepts and principles to the process of communication when working as members of a team.

John F. Cragan, St. Thomas University

John F. Cragan is Distinguished Professor and Assistant Chair in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. He has published extensively in the areas of small group, organizational, and applied communication and has co-authored several books and scores of articles. In addition, he has consulted for numerous public and private organizations, including State Farm, 3M, and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

David W. Wright, Late, Illinois State University

David W. Wright was Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. He published extensively in the areas of small group and organizational communication and consulted for GTE and the Detroit Police Department.

Chris R. Kasch, Bradley University

Chris R. Kasch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. His current research and teaching interests lie in the area of organizational communication, including interpersonal, small group, and computer-mediated communication. In 1996, he was the first faculty member at Bradley to develop and teach courses online, including courses in Virtual Teams, Interactive Advertising, Training and Development, and Organizational Culture and Change. He has consulted for numerous public and private organizations including Caterpillar, State Farm, and various regional and national nursing associations.
  • The current edition features 16 new professional narratives that provide a wide-ranging portrait of how small groups function in a variety of American organizations, using the first-hand knowledge and advice of real-world professionals to link communication theory and practice.
  • The new Seventh edition features 25 new "Voices from the Front" professional narratives that provide a wide-ranging portrait of how small groups function in a variety of American organizations, using the first-hand knowledge and advice of real-world professionals to link communication theory and practice.
  • Concise summaries of chapter contents and summary tables clearly identify key ideas, making it easier for students to review and master the course material.
  • Using an interdisciplinary approach, the text includes the latest research findings on small group communication drawn from a wide variety of fields and sources, providing a uniquely broad and inclusive overview of current theory and practice.
  • The text uses numerous case studies depicting classroom and real-life groups to illustrate important aspects of small group communication and to help students acquire basic small group skills through a proven "learning" or practical approach.
Preface.
1. Defining Small Group Communication.
2. Learning Core Group Communication Theories, Processes, and Skills.
3. Structuring Problem-Solving Groups.
4. Preparing for Group Problem-Solving.
5. Managing Diversity and Relational Trust.
6. Leading Small Groups.
7. Effective Role Performance in Small Groups.
8. Managing Group Conflict.
9. Facilitating Work Groups in Organizations.
10. Collaborating in Virtual Teams.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133380069
  • ISBN-13: 9781133380061
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  • ISBN-10: 0495095966
  • ISBN-13: 9780495095965
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