Communication Proximity in Organizations

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The purpose of this study was to examine the patterns of communication proximity in an interpersonal communication network and what cliques are revealed in the organization. The investigation involved an analysis of communication network using data on individuals while looking at their interpersonal interaction. The data obtained was empirically measured through NEGOPY Network Analysis. The results supported the existence of tangible and well-knitted communication structure in the organization. The strength of the communication structure was further supported by the absence of dyad and isolates which are assumed as indicators for a weak communication structure in an organization.

Keywords: Communication Proximity Communication Network, Organizations
Stream: Media and Communications
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English

Dr. Masrur Khan

Professor, Dr., Director
Centre for Media and Communication Studies, International Islamic University Islamabad,

Islamabad, Federal Capital, Pakistan

Masrur Alam Khan, PhD, is a Professor and Director at Centre for Media and Communication Studies International Islamic University Islamabad. Prior accepting the present position in August 2007, he served Department of Communication at International Islamic University Malaysia about ten years and also attached with Management Centre while teaching Managerial Communication to post-graduate executive class and Advanced Research Methodology at Department of Political Science, IIUM as a visiting faculty. He was one of the pioneers (1974) and former Chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Head, Mass Communication Research Centre, Gomal University, Pakistan. He carries 38 years teaching and research experience at university level including 4 years professional experience in a national daily and Pakistan Television. He has been a visiting scholar at foreign and national universities. Dr. Khan holds masters in Journalism with distinction and received his doctorate in Communication from the University of the Philippines Systems in 1990. Dr. Khan had been honored the Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Award in 1995-96 and placed at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, to conduct post-doctoral research on Third Person Effects on Environment Issues. This work was published later in international research journal. Dr. Khan has evaluated and supervised more than 36 post-graduate dissertations and theses. He has authored 43 research and seminar papers, chapters, (published and unpublished) in the area of communication, and education. He participated in 74 International and National Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops, Seminars and Talks in USA, Spain, Lithuania, Malaysia and Pakistan.

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