These books grew out of the perception that a number of important
conceptual and theoretical advances in research on small group
behavior had developed in recent years, but were scattered in
rather fragmentary fashion across a diverse literature. Thus, it
seemed useful to encourage the formulation of summary accounts. A
conference was held in Hamburg with the aim of not only encouraging
such developments, but also encouraging the integration of
theoretical approaches where possible. These two volumes are the
Current research on small groups falls roughly into two moderately
broad categories, and this classification is reflected in the two
books. Volume I addresses theoretical problems associated with the
consensual action of task-oriented small groups, whereas Volume II
focuses on interpersonal relations and social processes within such
groups. The two volumes differ somewhat in that the conceptual work
of Volume I tends to address rather strictly defined problems of
consensual action, some approaches tending to the axiomatic,
whereas the conceptual work described in Volume II is generally
less formal and rather general in focus. However, both volumes
represent current conceptual work in small group research and can
claim to have achieved the original purpose of up-to-date
conceptual summaries of progress on new theoretical work.
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Erich H Witte
• James H. Davis
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