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The Process of Status Evolution

M. Hamit Fisek and Richard Ofshe
Sociometry
Vol. 33, No. 3 (Sep., 1970), pp. 327-346
DOI: 10.2307/2786161
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786161
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

In this paper the development of status structures in task-oriented discussion groups is considered. It is shown that the generally accepted belief about the process through which such groups arrive at status differentiation is incorrect and that groups attain status differentiation through at least two distinct paths. Certain gross performance differences between the behaviors of members of groups which arrive at status differentiation through alternative paths are reported. In addition, differences between members of the two types of groups are found in the degree of differentiation in participation among group members at the close of the discussion session, in the extent to which group members recognize differential contributions by members of their groups in the areas of guidance, ideas and ability at the task, and in certain aspects of the qualitative performances of group members.

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