Table of Contents
Last updated February 24, 2000
SPRING 2000 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanatory Power - Decision - Mapping offers a good explanation of how a group can map out a decision to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Predictive Power - Decision - Mapping lays out a specific tract that a group can follow to make decisions with positive outcomes.
Parsimony - Decision - Mapping is very simple suggesting that effective leaders and cohesion are determinants of decision outcomes.
Falsifiablity - Decision - Mapping can be tested as it lays out a specific model. Groups will either follow the model to positive outcomes or negative outcomes.
Internal Consistency - Decision - Mapping goes along with some research on leadership, but contradicts other research on defective decision-making. It is brand new and should be tested.
Heuristic Provocativeness - Decision - Mapping offers just a start of how groups can make decisions with positive outcomes. There are many new hypotheses that can be drawn from this theory.
Organizing Power - Decision - Mapping organizes the research
well pulling from leadership, decision-making, and cohesion. It does
a good job of suggesting a new way to look at all of them together.
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. N/A
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. N/A
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 231-
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. N/A
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. N/A
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A