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
result. 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
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Erich H Witte
• James H. Davis
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