In this comprehensive, advanced introduction to group communication, the field’s leading experts summarize theory, methodological advancements, and current research in the field.

This book follows a coherent structure specifying clear objectives and evidence-based practical implications for the management of groups. Each chapter provides case study examples highlighting the role of communication for group functioning. The textbook takes a particular look at recent advancements in the research on virtual teams, the role of technology in group communication, and issues of diversity and inclusion, considering group communication in various situations including health and organizational contexts. It features theory-driven descriptions, an emphasis on empirical findings, and reflections on research methods.

The book is an integrative and coherent textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate group communication classes and a useful reference for students, scholars, and group communication professionals across different disciplines including communication studies, psychology, life sciences, business administration, management, and engineering.

Online resources include a sample course syllabus, discussion questions, lecture slides, and a test-bank. They are available at www.routledge.com/9781032114712

chapter 1|6 pages


The Role of Communication in Group Scholarship
ByTorsten Reimer, Ernest S. Park, Joseph A. Bonito

part I|70 pages

Foundations of Group Communication

chapter 82|14 pages

The Importance of Groups

ByErnest S. Park

chapter 3|19 pages

Group Communication Theories

Guidelines for Their Application
ByTorsten Reimer, Christopher Roland, Jeonghyun Oh

chapter 4|19 pages

Researching Small Discussion Groups

ByJoseph A. Bonito

chapter 5|16 pages

The Use of Technology in Groups

ByEmily A. Paskewitz, Mark E. Willoughby

part II|174 pages

Components and Processes of Group Communication

chapter 786|15 pages

Characteristics of Successful Groups and Teams

ByRandy Y. Hirokawa

chapter 7|13 pages

Groups as Systems

ByAndrew Pilny, Julius Riles

chapter 8|12 pages

Diversity in Groups

ByPoppy L. McLeod, Y. Connie Yuan

chapter 9|16 pages

Leading Groups and Teams

ByStacey L. Connaughton, Nicholas B. Lacy, Kayla J. Gerdes

chapter 10|12 pages

Managing Conflict Within Groups

ByLaura W. Black, Jennifer Woody Collins, Rizvan Saeed

chapter 11|14 pages

Relational Communication in Groups

ByJoann Keyton, Stephenson J. Beck

chapter 12|13 pages

Language and Social Influence

ByLyn M. van Swol, Chen-Ting Chang, Runzhi Mary Lu

chapter 13|13 pages

Participation and Information Sharing

ByGwen M. Wittenbaum, Joseph A. Bonito

chapter 14|13 pages

Transactive Memory Systems and Learning

ByLeila Bighash, Michael Farzinpour

chapter 15|19 pages

Group Decision Making

ByTorsten Reimer, Nathanael Johnson, Juan Pablo Loaiza-Ramírez

chapter 16|14 pages

Creativity and Innovation in Groups

ByRoni Reiter-Palmon, Payge Japp

chapter 17|18 pages

Social Networks and Groups

BySeungyoon Lee, Bailey C. Benedict

part III|102 pages

Contexts of Group Communication

chapter 25218|11 pages

Groups in Organizations

ByJohny T. Garner

chapter 19|14 pages

Function of Groups Within Society

ByJustin Reedy, Elizabeth H. Hurst

chapter 20|15 pages

Online Communities and Big Data

ByJeremy Foote, Sohyeon Hwang

chapter 21|12 pages

Groups in Health Contexts

Online Health Communities
ByStephen A. Rains

chapter 22|19 pages

Groups in Medicine

ByFranziska Tschan, Sandra Keller, Stephan U. Marsch, Guido Beldi, Norbert K. Semmer

chapter 23|16 pages

Communication in Sports Teams

ByJonas Akpetou, Philip Furley

chapter 24|13 pages

Communication in Human-AI Teaming

ByWen Duan, Nathan McNeese, Rui Zhang