UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA–SANTA BARBARA
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
In a special issue of Communication Studies (1990), we voiced concern that communication researchers were studying small groups as if they were separate from their social and temporal contexts. Challenging the research community to move beyond container models of group communication, we advocated that scholars should develop constructs and methods to enable an understanding of the multilevel and interpretive processes of groups. All groups, we argued, influence and are influenced by the environments in which they are embedded.
For almost 20 years, small group researchers have heeded this ...