BA324 Exam I Summaries

BA324 Exam I Summaries - BA324 Exam I Summaries Chapter 1...

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BA324 Exam I Summaries Chapter 1 Identify changes in the workplace and the importance of communication skills. The workplace has undergone profound changes, such as the emergence of heightened global competition, flattened management hierarchies, expanded team–based management, innovative communication technologies, new work environments, and an increasingly diverse workforce. In this dynamic workplace you can expect to be a knowledge worker; that is, you will deal with words, figures, and data. The most important foundation skill for knowledge workers is the ability to communicate. You can improve your skills by studying the principles, processes, and products of communication provided in this book and in this course. Describe the process of communication. The sender encodes (selects) words or symbols to express an idea. The message is sent verbally over a channel (such as a letter, e–mail message, or telephone call) or is expressed nonverbally, perhaps with gestures or body language. "Noise"—such as loud sounds, misspelled words, or other distractions—may interfere with the transmission. The receiver decodes (interprets) the message and attempts to make sense of it. The receiver responds with feedback, informing the sender of the effectiveness of the message. The objective of communication is the transmission of meaning so that a receiver understands a message as intended by the sender. Discuss barriers to interpersonal communication and the means of overcoming those barriers. Bypassing causes miscommunication because people have different meanings for the words they use. One's frame of reference creates a filter through which all ideas are screened, sometimes causing distortion and lack of objectivity. Weak language skills as well as poor listening skills impair communication efforts. Emotional interference —joy, fear, anger, and so forth—hampers the sending and receiving of messages. Physical distractions —noisy surroundings, faulty acoustics, and so forth—can disrupt oral communication. You can reduce or overcome many interpersonal communication barriers if you (a) realize that the communication process is imperfect, (b) adapt your message to the receiver, (c) improve your language and listening skills, (d) question your preconceptions, and (e) plan for feedback. Analyze the functions and procedures of communication in organizations. Internal functions of communication include issuing and clarifying procedures and policies, informing management of progress, persuading others to make changes or improvements, and interacting with employees. External functions of communication include answering inquiries about products or services, persuading customers to buy products or services, clarifying supplier specifications, and so forth. Oral, face–to–face communication is most effective, but written communication is often more expedient. The volume of messages today is overwhelming many employees, who must institute techniques to control information overload and productivity meltdown.
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2008 for the course BA 324 taught by Professor Donnellan during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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