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Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams by Marshall Scott Poole, Andrea Hollingshead

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THE ANALYSIS OF GROUP INTERACTION PROCESSES

Dean E. Hewes

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Marshall Scott Poole

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Group interaction is a process. It is not merely a set of messages, nor is it only a series of messages. It is a series ofmessages that influence subsequent group interaction and/or reflect underlying rules of interaction such as phases that sequentially structuregroup interaction (cf. Hewes, 2009d; Poole, 1983b). This was recognizedby some of the original framers of group behavior (Bales & Strodbeck, 1951; Fisher, 1970; McGrath & Altman, 1966) and it was showcased in classic, if formidable essays on the mathematics of group processes (Arrow, Karlin, & Suppes, 1960; Coleman, 1964). If temporal patterns ...

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