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

part I|70 pages

Foundations of Group Communication

chapter 82|14 pages

The Importance of Groups

chapter 3|19 pages

Group Communication Theories

Guidelines for Their Application

part II|174 pages

Components and Processes of Group Communication

chapter 7|13 pages

Groups as Systems

chapter 8|12 pages

Diversity in Groups

part III|102 pages

Contexts of Group Communication

chapter 25218|11 pages

Groups in Organizations

chapter 21|12 pages

Groups in Health Contexts

Online Health Communities