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communication

the exchange of information in an ORGANIZATION. For organizations to work effectively, it is vital that information be communicated to those who need it. For example, the pay department would not be able to function properly if it were not notified of employees' hours of work. In this sense organizations can be conceived of as systems for exchanging information. Withholding information, i.e. failure to communicate, can be an effective means of exerting power over others in the organization. If a manager is not fully aware of what is going on in the organization he or she may be unable to influence decisions or events.

Often the effective transmission of information is impeded. As a piece of information is passed from top to bottom of an organization it may be modified by the misinterpretation or bias of each individual involved, so that by the time the information reaches its final destination it has a very different content. Effective communication can also be time-consuming, and hence arduous to perform. However, the effort can be worthwhile since those employees who feel they are not fully informed about matters relevant to their job may become demotivated and dissatisfied. As a result performance suffers. There is also evidence that individuals are more likely to respect bosses who they feel keep them informed. In addition to these ‘behavioural’ aspects of communication the process or ‘technology’ of internal and external communication has changed dramatically in the last decade. For example, conventional telephone systems (based on fixed-wired handsets) have been increasingly augmented by the cordless (mobile) telephone and accessories such as VOICE MESSAGING. Moreover, many businesses have integrated their PC (personal computer) networks and telecommunications to take advantage of value-added network services such as ELECTRONIC MAIL, VIDEO CONFERENCING and ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE. These developments, while enhancing the immediacy and effectiveness of communications, have also facilitated flexibility and mobility, allowing staff to reduce their dependency on being physically present at an office in order to conduct business. See CONSULTATION, EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT, EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION, INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY, COMMUNITY CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL SOCIAL RIGHTS, DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION HIGHWAY, BUSINESS PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING.

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Is it in his experience of the sex that a woman who is eagerly bent on making herself attractive to a man would tell that man, or tell anybody else who might communicate with him, that the charm by which she hoped to win his heart--say the charm of a pretty complexion--had been artificially acquired by the perilous use of a deadly poison?
Firstly, I wish to communicate; secondly, to embrace my children and bid them farewell for the last time.
In mentioning it now, I communicate to you the only positive information, on the subject of the missing woman, which I possess.
If you should ever meet with him in the future--say nothing to your wife, and communicate with me.
At first he appeared to be decidedly unwilling to let her communicate with his patient.
"The late stormy weather has delayed the vessel by means of which we communicate with the mainland.
Seeking means to telegraph the perceptions and insights gained from living simultaneously inside and outside American culture, African-descent peoples have developed Black Speak as a heuristic device to communicate a "truth." That is, to share what is learned through the triumph and tragedy of life as another in America and to connect with the community of others who recognize and valorize their accounts.
Both music and spoken language rely on the organization of sound to communicate. In the case of spoken languages, the arrangements of sounds chosen by each community of speakers to denote things and ideas might seem completely random.
Communicate with and involve key managers to the greatest extent possible to enhance the prospect of employee buy-in and, ultimately, the success of the implementation process.
Alternatively, Lander can communicate directly with Earth but so slowly that it couldn't broadcast all its planned observations.
The Confidentiality Privilege may be waived if a CPA communicates a tax advice document to the taxpayer-client and sends a copy to the latter's banker or financial adviser; the disclosure to a third party may cause the privilege to be waived.
We do not want open discussion because--as we have already touched on--we are basically afraid, reluctant, and otherwise hostile to facing the truths, conflicts, and confusions which might surface when we do communicate with each other naturally.