ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND WORK GROUP BEHAVIOR IN A SETTING OF PLANNED SOCIAL CHANGE: A REPLICATION STUDY.
Technical rept. 1 Oct 69-1 Oct 70,
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR INST FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
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The document reports on replication of a study design testing the effects of technology on autonomous group process, and on planned change programs directed toward participative management which tends to confirm the original findings. Advanced technology is correlated with more autonomous and participative group processes. Another result obtained in the original study, that advanced technology facilitates planned social change efforts, was also investigated. Consistency and similarity in the pattern of social system change were sought between the original findings and the replication results when data were controlled for the number of longitudinal measures, and when the total period used for planned change activities was ignored. Author