Communication networks are the paths over which information flows.
Communication networks in groups and teams
1. Wheel network – information flows to and from one member of the group.
2. Chain network – group members communicate in a set sequence.
3. Circle network – group members communicate with others who are similar to themselves.
4. All-channel network – every group member communicates with every other group member.
Organizational communication networks – the grapevine is an informal network over which unofficial information (which may or may not be accurate) flows.
List an example organization for each of the above 4 networks (example, Army, Wal-Mart, Church, etc.).
Jones, G. R., George, J. M., and Hill, C. W.L. (2006). Contemporary management. 4th Ed. Boston: Irwin. ISBN: 0073049212.