OrgComm-Ch01ADW - Introduction to Organizational...

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Introduction to Organizational Communication A Competency-Based Approach Chapter One
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The Changing Nature of Organizations and Work We are in transition from an information age to a knowledge age with rapid change in familiar institutions and organizations. We are unfamiliar with the concept of anticipatory direction; we have learned too well directions bore of past experiences.
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The Changing Nature of Organizations and Work The virtual organization, e-commerce, high-performing teams, contract employment, increased contact with a culturally diverse world, and home- based work are but a few of the changes with impacts on interpersonal relationships, group interactions, management and leadership, personal and professional ethics, time management, and non-work life.
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The Communications Era Few disagree that the communications era surrounds us. Sophisticated communications technologies have changed the way we do everything. Individuals are likely to spend most of their working life employed in an “information” job.
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The Communications Era With more than half of America’s work force and gross national product already in knowledge industries, most agree that we are in the postindustrial information society and are moving into the knowledge age.
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The Communications Era One of the most important characteristics of the “information” era is the rapid change associated with mass production of information, change requiring all to be constantly involved in the learning of new activities and processes.
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The Communications Era Convergence is the term of the day, with computing, wireless technologies, and more traditional media such as television converging into integrated tools for work, school, family, and leisure environments.
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2008 for the course COMM 425 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at Ashford University.

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