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Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Communication is the main process by which people form groups, organizations and communities. The topics we study include the exchange of information and decision-making in organizations, groups, and communities, the formation, maintenance and functioning of social networks, the expression of social identity, organizations' communication with the public, the process and effects of public participation, and perceptions and communication between groups. The scope of our research ranges from dyadic interactions to deliberation that occurs between members of communities, and uses a variety of methods extending from laboratory experimentation to field-based observations. Examples of recent research projects include linguistic markers of intergroup bias, how interpersonal attention is conveyed in geographically distributed groups, the roles of transactive memory and social networks in group collaboration, how group discourse can reveal the cohesion of the group, and factors associated with people's participation public community meetings.