This entry’s goal is to describe the topics that group communication researchers tend to study, and some pitfalls that they should avoid when studying them. This goal begs the question of what distinguishes a group from an aggregate of people who happen to be doing the same thing at the same time in the same place. The most critical difference is that the members of a group are interdependent in two senses. In one sense, each member’s outcomes from the group experience are as much, if not more, a result of decisions made by others in the group as decisions made by oneself. In the other sense, each member has to coordinate his or her actions with those of other members in order ...
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