Accession Number : ADA079907
Title : Studying Intergroup Relations in Organizations.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CONN SCHOOL OF ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
Personal Author(s) : Alderfer,Clayton P ; Smith,Ken K
Report Date : 10 Jan 1980
Pagination or Media Count : 74
Abstract : Research in organizational behavior includes a significant conflict between some studies that focus on the 'micro' processes of individual and small group behavior and others that address the 'macro' dynamics of organization-environment relations. Partially split between these two styles of research, the field lacks a theoretical framework and methodological procedure for dealing with multi-level phenomena and the tensions among levels of analysis. This paper presents theory of intergroup relations in organizations that deals with multilevel phenomena, derives methodological procedures for conducting intergroup research with organizations from the theory, reports data from two empirical studies pertaining to task group relations along a workflow and race relations among black and white managers, and formulates the concept of embedded intergroups to explain the phenomena uncovered in both studies.
Descriptors : *GROUP DYNAMICS , ORGANIZATIONS , MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS , BEHAVIOR , INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS , RACE RELATIONS
Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE