Group Communication Theory: New Theories and Perspectives

Marshall Scott Poole, Melissa A. Dobosh, Joann Keyton

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Group communication scholarship has flourished in recent years and several insightful and valuable perspectives have been articulated. This chapter will review theories and perspectives on group communication that have emerged after 2000 (group participation, processual communication networks, communication and teamwork, leadership and communication, sequences and cycles in decision making and problem-solving processes, interventions to improve group performance). Some of these have been articulated formally as theories, while others are more loosely stated and present a point of view on group communication. Classical theories of group communication, including functional theory, symbolic convergence theory, structuration theory, and developmental theories were reviewed in Poole (1999) and are not covered here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Group and Team Communication Research
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781800435001
ISBN (Print)9781800435018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision making
  • Group interaction
  • Group participation
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Processual communication networks
  • Team
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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