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The dynamics of communication in ethnically diverse groups: the experiences of academics

A.Manaf, Aini Maznina (2011) The dynamics of communication in ethnically diverse groups: the experiences of academics. In: ANZCA 2011, 6-8 July, 2011, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Abstract

This article outlines a study of the dynamics of group communication between ethnically diverse members in an academic setting. The study provides an understanding of how ethnic diversity influences communication in small groups of academics. Drawing on in-depth interviews with forty academic researchers from five universities in Malaysia, it is shown that despite little interaction among members of different ethnic backgrounds on non-task activities, the groups were cohesive and their communication climate was supportive; thus emphasising the practices of collaborative decision making, co-operative problem solving and equal participation in the groups. Based on findings that vary somewhat from the literature, the study concludes that ethnic diversity brings a positive outcome to communication in groups.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3158/13730
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Depositing User: Aini Maznina A.Manaf
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2012 12:09
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2012 12:09
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/13730

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