1st Edition

Group Communication An Advanced Introduction

Edited By Torsten Reimer, Ernest S. Park, Joseph A. Bonito Copyright 2024
    488 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    488 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    About the Editors

    About the Contributors

    1. Introduction: The Role of Communication in Group Scholarship

    Torsten Reimer, Ernest S. Park, and Joseph A. Bonito

    Part I: Foundations of Group Communication

    2. The Importance of Groups

    Ernest S. Park

    3. Group Communication Theories: Guidelines for Their Application

    Torsten Reimer, Christopher Roland, and Jeonghyun Oh

    4. Researching Small Discussion Groups

    Joseph A. Bonito

    5. The Use of Technology in Groups

    Emily A. Paskewitz and Mark E. Willoughby

    Part II: Components and Processes of Group Communication

    6. Characteristics of Successful Groups and Teams

    Randy Y. Hirokawa

    7. Groups as Systems

    Andrew Pilny and Julius Riles

    8. Diversity in Groups

    Poppy L. McLeod and Y. Connie Yuan

    9. Leading Groups and Teams

    Stacey L. Connaughton, Nicholas B. Lacy, and Kayla J. Gerdes

    10. Managing Conflict Within Groups

    Laura W. Black, Jennifer Woody Collins, and Rizvan Saeed

    11. Relational Communication in Groups

    Joann Keyton and Stephenson J. Beck

    12. Language and Social Influence 

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

    13. Participation and Information Sharing

    Gwen Wittenbaum and Joseph A. Bonito

    14. Transactive Memory Systems and Learning

    Leila Bighash and Michael Farzinpour

    15. Group Decision Making

    Torsten Reimer, Nathanael Johnson, and Juan Pablo Loaiza Ramirez

    16. Creativity and Innovation in Groups

    Roni Reiter-Palmon and Payge Japp

    17. Social Networks and Groups

    Seungyoon Lee and Bailey C. Benedict

    Part III: Contexts of Group Communication

    18. Groups in Organizations

    Johny T. Garner

    19. Function of Groups Within Society

    Justin Reedy and Elizabeth H. Hurst

    20. Online Communities and Big Data

    Jeremy Foote and Sohyeon Hwang

    21. Groups in Health Contexts: Online Health Communities

    Stephen A. Rains

    22. Groups in Medicine

    Franziska Tschan et al.

    23. Communication in Sports Teams

    Jonas Akpetou and Philip Furley

    24. Communication in Human-AI Teaming

    Wen Duan, Nathan McNeese, and Rui Zhang




    Torsten Reimer is a Professor of Communication and Psychology and Director of the Communication and Cognition Lab at Purdue University, USA.

    Ernest S. Park is a social psychologist and an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University, USA.

    Joseph A. Bonito is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona, USA.

    Group Communication is an exceptional text, organized and targeted for use in seminars. It includes an extraordinary collection of chapters that describe the theory, research and methods of group communication. The chapters are authored by known and renowned scholars who offer unique perspectives on the modern landscape of group communication.”

    Verlin B. Hinsz, Ph. D., Dale Hogoboom Presidential Professor of Psychology, North Dakota State University, USA.

    "Great textbooks motivate readers to dive headfirst into a sea of knowledge. Group Communication: An Advanced Introduction does so by treating students as peers with their professors. Readers will learn the complexity of member diversity, virtual teams, group research, so much more. Jump right in.”

    John Gastil, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Public Policy and Political Science, Penn State University, USA.