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Information Flow in Research and Development Laboratories
Thomas J. Allen and Stephen I. Cohen
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Mar., 1969), pp. 12-19
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2391357
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Technical communication patterns in two research and development laboratories were examined using modified sociometric techniques. The structure of technical communication networks in the two laboratories results from the interaction of both social relations and work structure. The sociometric "stars" in the technical communication network who provide other members of the organization with information either make greater use of individuals outside the organization or read the literature more than other members of the laboratory.
Administrative Science Quarterly © 1969 Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University