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Communication and Work Systems

Theory, Processes, Opportunities

Author(s): Wayne Pace

Book Description

This book provides a practical definition and explanation of “communicative behavior” for use in understanding interaction in work settings. It clearly presents a model of the elements of a work system, and summarizes theories that explain how organizations function and how managers work within the work system. It also describes how to recognize and solve both communication and organization problems.

Furthermore, the volume analyzes various processes that occur in the work system, such as disseminating and retrieving information, energizing employees to work smarter, using power and empowering others, facilitating groups and work teams, managing conflict and stress, and how to manage knowledge in the organization, among others. The book describes some of the most likely careers that graduates might enter upon graduation. It also highlights a variety of explanations of organization theory, management theory, culture theory, postmodern theory and critical theory so that the full range of ideas about communication and the places where people work and interact are explored.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0809-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0809-9
Date of Publication: 01/05/2018
Pages / Size: 465 / A5
Price: £74.99


R. Wayne Pace received his doctoral degree from Purdue University, USA, under the direction of Dr W. Charles Redding, considered to be the father of the field of organizational communication. He held the position of Professor of Communication and Organizational Leadership at Brigham Young University, USA, until his retirement. He is the author of more than 30 books about communication behavior and leadership, including Organizational Communication; Organizational Dynamism; Powerful Leadership; The Human Transaction; Human Resource Development: The Field; and Communication Probes. He served as president of the Western States Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and the Academy of Human Resource Development. He was also chosen as Outstanding Member of the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association, and the Academy of Human Resource Development named its annual book award The R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award.