15 Jun 2021, 10:30 — 7 min read
Communication is the process of sharing some meaningful information from one person to the other or to a group of people. For an effective communication to take place, the sender’s intended message must reach the receiver in the same form with the same meaning.
Be it an informal or a business environment, effective communication is very important. The process of communication involves a sender (person who sends the message), a message, the medium through which the message is spread, the receiver (the person or group of persons to whom the message is sent) and a response in the form of a feedback from the receiver.
Communication can thus be of two types: formal and informal. A formal communication happens in a business or any such official environment. Here specific, sophisticated words are used.
What happens in a grapevine communication is that you convey some information to a person or a group of people, those people in turn convey the same information but with added or subtracted facts to others and thus a chain is formed.
In fact research paper writing and your homework answers, all form a part of formal communication and we will discuss later as to why this happens. There are some reliable academic support sources like study help me that can guide you through it.
The author of a popular novel, Colleen Hoover, once said, Sometimes not speaking says more than all the words in the world. Communication plays the same important role in our lives.
Both formal and informal communication have their respective importance in the field of communication.
Grapevine Communication is a type of informal communication. This type of communication can follow any channel to spread among people. Thus information here is spread very quickly and does not follow any predetermined rule.
Information flows in every direction and thus reaches every person in the organisation or to say every intended person. It not only passes information but also rumors and opinions.
What exactly happens in a grapevine communication is that you convey some information to a person or a group of people, those people in turn convey the same information but with added or subtracted facts to others, these people in turn convey the information in the same manner to others, thus a chain is formed.
In this way, the information that reaches the last person is a way more different than the information that was initially shared. The communication usually happens in a horizontal manner but since it does not follow any set pattern, the communication can be horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.
The impact of the grapevine communication can be changed when:
According to Prof. Keith Davis, grapevine communication is of 4 types:
There are certain reasons why grapevine communication exists in organisations:
So now you know all the ifs and buts of grapevine communication. Its clearly predictable that it may begin from a small group gathered to do their homework and crack homework answers to large business organizations.
Also read: ‘I’ in communication
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