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Theories of Small Groups

Theories of Small Groups
Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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October 2004 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
People live in groups, work in groups, and play in groups. As a result, groups have been a focus of study across the social and behavioral sciences. Although it has been actively pursued within individual disciplines and sub-disciplines, group research as a whole remains fragmented and discipline-bounded.

Theories of Small Groups summarize the current state of group theory and research in a brief volume that can be used by researchers and in graduate courses that will train the next generation of group scholars. In this text, editors Marshall Scott Poole and Andrea B Hollingshead capitalize on the theoretical advances made over the last 50 years by integrating models and theories of small groups into a set of nine general theoretical perspectives. Theories of Small Groups is the first book to assess, synthesize, integrate, and evaluate the body of theory and research on small groups across disciplinary boundaries.

Marshall Scott Poole
Marshall Scott Poole, Andrea B. Hollingshead, Joseph McGrath, Richard Moreland, John Rohrbaugh
1. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Small Groups
Andrea B. Hollingshead, Gwen M. Wittenbaum, Paul B. Paulus, Randy Y. Hirokawa, Deborah G. Ancona, Randall S. Peterson, Karen A. Jehn, Kay Yoon
2. A Look at Groups from the Functional Perspective
Poppy L. McLeod, Richard Kettner-Polley
3. Psychodynamic Perspectives on Small Groups
Dominic Abrams, Michael A. Hogg, Steve Hinkle, Sabine Otten
4. The Social Identity Perspective on Small Groups
Michael Lovaglia, Elizabeth A. Mannix, Charles D. Samuelson, Jane Sell, Rick K. Wilson
5. Conflict, Power, and Status in Groups
Larry Frey, Sunwolf
6. The Symbolic-Interpretive Perspective of Group Life
Renee Meyers, Jennifer L. Berdahl, Dale Brashers, Jennifer R. Considine, Janice R. Kelly, Celia Moore, Jennifer L. Peterson, Jennifer R. Spoor
7. Understanding Groups From a Feminist Perspective
Nancy Katz, David Lazer, Holly Arrow, Noshir Contractor
8. The Network Perspective on Small Groups: Theory and Research
Holly Arrow, Kelly Bouas Henry, Marshall Scott Poole, Susan Wheelan, Richard Moreland
9. Traces, Trajectories, and Timing: The Temporal Perspective on Groups
Linnda Caporael, David Sloan Wilson, Charlotte Hemelrijk, Kennon M. Sheldon
10. Small Groups From an Evolutionary Perspective
Janet Fulk, Joseph E. McGrath
11. Touchstones: A Framework for Comparing Premises of Nine Integrative Perspectives on Groups

"Theories of Small Groups: Interdisciplinary Perspectives is a book that will make a significant difference in how those interested in the study of small groups think and pursue inquiry about them. In this impressive collection of original essays, the reader is introduced to nine different perspectives that have guided the development of theories and research concerning the nature of group processes. Drawing on the efforts of numerous scholars with backgrounds in biological and social sciences, editors Scott Poole and Andrea Hollingshead provide a useful vehicle for the emergence of enriched understandings of the behavior of groups, enhancing the integration of such knowledge, and the prospects for substantial increases in genuinely interdisciplinary scholarship."


Dennis S. Gouran
The Pennsylvania State University

An interesting, but advanced textbook. If the students don't have a good background in Group Dynamics/Group Processes (e.g. all that is covered in Don Forsyth's text), they will probably not enjoy this text.

Dr David Dunaetz
Organizational Leadership, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
January 18, 2015

This is an excellent book covering all aspects of small group work theory. The section on power and status are very useful for the programme learners to undertake extended reading.

Mrs Joanne Arnold
Youth Studies, St Helens College
November 5, 2013

It is a very good book that is generally recommended for students to use as it covers a number of relevant issues.

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
May 14, 2013

The main attraction was the multi-disciplinary prospectives on groups. The students loved the book, and so do I! This is for a doctoral class, and it is rarely that I find textbooks targeted for the doctoral population. This one is perfect!

Dr Connie Fuller
I/O Psychology, Chicago School of Psychology
May 9, 2012

This is a good book for extra reading. Thus, I have suggested to the librarian to purchase it.

Dr Norhayati Zakaria
Faculty of Business and Management, University of Wollongong in Dubai
December 28, 2011

Marshall Scott Poole

M. Scott Poole (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison [communication arts]; M.A., Michigan State University [communication]; B.A., University of Wisconsin—Madison [communication arts]) is one of the nation’s top scholars in group communication and in organizational communication. Among his publications is one of the leading college textbooks on organizational communication (Strategic Organizational Communication, 5/e, Wadsworth); he is also co-editor of SAGE’s Handbook of Group Communication. He has been chair of the Organizational Communication Division of NCA and was the chair and founding member of NCA’s Group Communication Division.... More About Author

Andrea B. Hollingshead

Andrea B. Hollingshead (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) holds joint appointments in Speech Communication and in Psychology at Illinois. Her current projects include examining the development, use and maintenance of knowledge management systems located on company intranets; investigating how status differences among group members can affect how shared knowledge systems develop in personal and work relationships; and comparing how lies are constructed and perceived in face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions. Her recent work appears in SAGE’s Handbook of New Media and in The Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology,... More About Author

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