Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication (MA)
Kasey L. Walker
Second Committee Member
Communication and the arts; Communication; Decision-making; Organizational discourse; Small groups
This thesis examines small group decision-making among groups of educators in an elementary school through the Bona Fide Group Perspective, which focuses on a group and its relationships to elements in its context. Twenty-six faculty members were interviewed and 26 meetings were recorded; these were analyzed using thematic analysis. The results indicated contextual, relational, and discursive factors influenced the decision-making process. Most critically, power, status, overlapping group memberships, and competing Discourses shaped the group decision-making process.
Chorley, Sarah Kathryn, "Contextual Influences on Small Group Decision-Making: A Field Investigation" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 519.