The long awaited second edition of communication and group decision making advances a unique perspective on group decisionmaking complementing approaches taken in management psychology and sociology. Part i introduction chapter 1 introduction communication and group decision making chapter 2 remembering and re membering a history of theory and research on communication and group decision making part ii theories chapter 3 functional theory and communication in decision making and problem solving groups an expanded view chapter 4 symbolic convergence theory and communication . Despite the importance of group communication processes they remain elusive and difficult to understand and the type of theory necessary to make sense of these processes differs from those commonly found in the social sciences this collection of essays advances a unique perspective on group decision making which is complementary to approaches taken in management psychology and sociology. This article advances the general argument that the importance of communicationfor group decision making performance and its impact on such performance are a function of three task characteristics structure information requirement and evaluation demand in developing this argument the article identifies the task circumstances in which group communication can be expected to play a role in
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