Group Communication: A Continued Evolution

Joann Keyton, Stephenson J. Beck, Marshall Scott Poole, Dennis S. Gouran

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Group communication as an area of intellectual interest had its beginnings in communication pedagogy with the goal of helping students to become more effective decision makers. A by-product is that group decision making became and remained a central research focus for many years. In the last 20 years, group communication research has facilitated the development of theory, research methods, and technology. Since 2000, group communication scholars have developed research lines on (1) virtual/digital team communication; (2) information sharing, hidden profile, and transactive memory systems; and (3) group participation. This chapter also explores the way in which group communication scholars have become connected with other disciplines that study groups and teams. The chapter concludes with current research methods trends, including interaction analysis, multilevel modeling, and qualitative methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Group and Team Communication Research
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781800435001
ISBN (Print)9781800435018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Group communication pedagogy
  • Group participation
  • Information sharing
  • Interaction analysis
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Virtual teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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