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Small Group Communication: Theory & Practice

An Anthology

Eighth Edition

Edited by Randy Y. Hirokawa, Robert S. Cathcart, Larry A. Samovar, and Linda D. Henman

Publication Date - April 2003

ISBN: 9780195330007

304 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

This comprehensive anthology spans a broad range of topics in communication theory, research, and practice.


The eighth edition of Small Group Communication: Theory and Practice presents a collection of readings from the most well-known researchers and practitioners in the field. This comprehensive anthology spans a broad range of topics in communication theory, research, and practice. These include contemporary views of small groups, theories of group communication, group development and organization, group communication processes, group and team performance, group leadership, culture and diversity in groups, and methods for analyzing group communication.

New to the Eighth Edition:
New lead coeditor Randy Hirokawa (University of Iowa) brings a strong background in small group communication to the new edition, which features fourteen new and three updated chapters. New topics include:

* The bona fide group perspective
* The functional perspective
* Symbolic convergence theory
* Multiple sequence models of group development
* Virtual group communication
* New communication technologies
* Social influence processes in groups
* Counteractive influence and group leadership
* Characteristics of effective health care teams
* Sex, gender, and communication in groups
* Narrative analysis of group communication
* Methods for evaluating group communication

In addition, two new sections have been added: "Theories of Group Communication" and "Observing Group Communication," with three new chapters in each section. Thought-provoking introductions to each section provide internal cohesiveness and structure to the book.

Importantly, each reading offers its own individual introduction, which alerts readers to key points and integrates the selection into the larger themes of the section. These introductions serve as a "road map" as students travel through the ongoing intellectual developments, diverse views, and continuing debates that make the study of small group communication an exciting adventure.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 1995


"The editors have done a good job of updating the volume while at the same time retaining the best essays from earlier editions. The eighth edition is a balanced and coherent set of readings that will give students an excellent overall perspective on group communication."--Dennis S. Gouran, Pennsylvania State University

Table of Contents

    Part I: Nature of Groups
    1. Groups as Systems, Linda D. Henman
    2. Rethinking the Nature of Groups: A Bona Fide Group Perspective, Linda L. Putnam
    3. Distinguishing Characteristics of Virtual Groups, Robyn E. Parker
    Part II: Theories of Group Communication
    4. Effective Decision-making and Problem-solving in Groups: A Functional Perspective, Dennis S. Gouran & Randy Y. Hirokawa
    5. Symbolic Convergence Theory, Ernest G. Bormann
    6. Group Communication and the Structuring Process, Marshall Scott Poole
    Part III: Organization of Groups
    7. Time and Transition in Work Teams: Toward a New Model of Group Development, Connie J. G. Gersick
    8. Multiple Sequence Model of Group Development, Marshall Scott Poole
    Part IV: Group Processes
    9. Spatial Relationships in Small Groups, Judee K. Burgoon
    10. Feedback Processes in Task Groups, Beth Bonniwell Haslett & John R. Ogilvie
    11. Influencing Others in Group Interaction: Individual, Subgroup, Group, and Intergroup Processes, Renee A. Meyers & Dale E. Brashers
    Part V: Groups and Teams
    12. Communication and Group Decision-making Efficacy, Randy Y. Hirokawa
    13. New Communication Technologies and Teams, Craig Scott
    14. Characteristics of Effective Health Care Teams, Randy Y. Hirokawa, Daniel DeGooyer, Jr., & Kathleen Valde
    15. Teaming with Emotions: The Impact of Emotionality on Work-Team Collaboration, Carolyn C. Clark & Richard W. Sline
    Part VI: Leadership in Groups
    16. Leadership as the Art of Counteractive Influence in Decision-making and Problem-solving Groups, Dennis S. Gouran
    17. Leadership and Gender: Challenging Assumptions and Recognizing Resources, Susan B. Shimanoff & Mercilee M. Jenkins
    18. Leadership as Organizing, J. Kevin Barge
    Part VII: Diversity in Groups
    19. Sex, Gender, and Communication in Small Groups, Nina M. Reich & Julia T. Wood
    20. Communication in the Multicultural Group, Richard E. Porter & Larry A. Samovar
    21. Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Work Group Communication, John G. Oetzel, Mary Meares, & Akiko Fukumoto
    Part VIII: Analyzing Group Communication
    22. Observing Group Interaction, Joann Keyton
    23. Narrative Analysis of Group Communication, Randy Y. Hirokawa, Kathleen Clauson, & Juliann Dahlberg
    24. Evaluating Group Discussion, Steven A. Beebe & J. Kevin Barge

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