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1 1 MGTO120s Managing Communications Jian Liang MGTO, HKUST

2 2 Where We Are Management Basic Concepts (Ch1) Context (ch3,4,& 5) Retrospect (ch2) Plan (ch6, 7,8,& 9) Organize (Ch 10 LeadControl Communication (Ch11)

3 3 Learning Objectives  Understanding Communications Differentiate between interpersonal and organizational communication. Discuss the functions of communication.  The Process of Interpersonal Communications Explain all the components of the communication process. List the communication methods managers might use. Describe nonverbal communication an how it takes place. Explain the barriers to effective interpersonal communication and how to overcome them.

4 4 Learning Objectives  Organizational Communication Explain how communication can flow in an organization. Describe the three common communication networks. Discuss how managers should handle the grapevine.

5 5 A case from Hong Kong Chan Kee Tong

6 6  In what ways has Tong stated his work?  Is there a problem in Chan Kee Tong?  What are his weaknesses at this point?  What new options should be considered?  Which do you recommend?  Have you seen any of the types of communication problems in this case in your own experience?

7 7 Communication in the Organizations  The transfer and understanding of meaning. Transfer means the message was received in a form that can be interpreted by the receiver. Understanding the message is not the same as the receiver agreeing with the message.  Interpersonal Communication Communication between two or more people  Organizational Communication All the patterns, network, and systems of communications within an organization

8 8 The Interpersonal Communication Process

9 9 Interpersonal Communication  Message: Source: sender ’ s intended meaning  Encoding  The message converted to symbolic form  Channel  The medium through which the message travels  Decoding The receiver ’ s retranslation of the message  Noise Disturbances in communications

10 10 Interpersonal Communication Methods  Face-to-face  Telephone  Group meetings  Formal presentations  Memos  Traditional Mail  Fax machines  Employee publications  Blogs  Bulletin boards  Audio- and videotapes  Hotlines  E-mail  Computer conferencing  Voice mail  Teleconferences  Videoconferences

11 11  Nonverbal Communication Communication that is transmitted without words.  Sounds with specific meanings or warnings  Images that control or encourage behaviors  Situational behaviors that convey meanings  Clothing and physical surroundings that imply status Interpersonal Communication (cont ’ d)

12 12 Interpersonal Communication (Cont’d)  Body language: gestures, facial expressions, and other body movements that convey meaning.  Verbal intonation: emphasis that a speaker gives to certain words or phrases that conveys meaning.

13 13 Do you smile in talking with others?

14 14 Questions for Thinking 1. Why is it difficult to communicate? 2. What is your experience regarding communication?

15 15 Interpersonal Communication Barriers Defensiveness National Culture Emotions Information Overload Interpersonal Communication Language Filtering Let’s look at each

16 16 Barriers to Effective Interpersonal Communication  Filtering The deliberate manipulation of information to make it appear more favorable to the receiver.  Emotions Disregarding rational and objective thinking processes and substituting emotional judgments when interpreting messages.  Information Overload Being confronted with a quantity of information that exceeds an individual ’ s capacity to process it.

17 17 Barriers to Effective Interpersonal Communication (cont’d)  Defensiveness When threatened, reacting in a way that reduces the ability to achieve mutual understanding.  Language The different meanings of and specialized ways (jargon) in which senders use words can cause receivers to misinterpret their messages.  National Culture Culture influences the form, formality, openness, patterns and use of information in communications.

18 18 Facial Expressions Convey Emotions

19 19 Cross-Cultural Barriers  Where to talk business in China and in US?  Feet on table? OK in US, but helped Beijing Jeep JV fail!  Voice ( loudness) as an indicator of respect/status?

20 20 A case of cross-cultural barriers

21 21 Overcoming the Barriers to Effective Interpersonal Communications  Use Feedback  Simplify Language  Listen Actively  Constrain Emotions  Watch Nonverbal Cues

22 22 Active Listening Behaviors

23 23  Formal Communication Communication that follows the official chain of command or is part of the communication required to do one ’ s job.  Informal Communication Communication that is not defined by the organization ’ s hierarchy.  Permits employees to satisfy their need for social interaction.  Can improve an organization ’ s performance by creating faster and more effective channels of communication Types of Organizational Communication

24 24 Communication Flows Lateral Diagonal DownwardDownwardDownwardDownward UpwardUpwardUpwardUpward

25 25 Direction of Communication Flow  Downward Communications that flow from managers to employees to inform, direct, coordinate, and evaluate employees.  Upward Communications that flow from employees up to managers to keep them aware of employee needs and how things can be improved to create a climate of trust and respect.

26 26 Direction of Communication Flow (cont’d)  Lateral (Horizontal) Communication Communication that takes place among employees on the same level in the organization to save time and facilitate coordination.  Diagonal Communication Communication that cuts across both work areas and organizational levels in the interest of efficiency and speed.

27 27 Types of Communication Networks  Chain Network Communication flows according to the formal chain of command, both upward and downward.  Wheel Network All communication flows in and out through the group leader (hub) to others in the group.  All-Channel Network Communications flow freely among all members of the work team.

28 Three Common Organizational Communication Networks

29 29 Are Communications Effective? From Milliken, Morrison & Hewlin (2003)

30 30 Why People do not Speak Up?

31 31 Summary  The difference between interpersonal and organizational communications  Understanding the difficulties in interpersonal communications and how to overcome those barriers  Understanding the process of organizational communications

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