An information-task approach to organizational communication.

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Considering communication as an organizational task, this article suggests three variables (availability, uniformity, and independence) that characterize the information task at the work unit level and explicates their dependence on strategic choices by work units. Three sets of propositions are developed relating information task characteristics to: (a) organizational task variables; (b) the organization's communication structure; (c) power and influence in the organization. Implications of the framework are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-504
Number of pages12
JournalAcademy of management review. Academy of Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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