Working together in a divided society a study of intergroup communication in the Northern Ireland workplace

Owen Hargie, D Dickson, S Nelson

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    During the past 30 years, workplaces in Northern Ireland have suffered the consequences of ongoing political and religious conflicts, often resulting in severe operational disruptions and financial loss. Yet little if any research has explored organizational communication in divided workplaces such as those in Northern Ireland. This study examines intergroup relations and communication within such settings. It employs a range of research methodologies to ascertain the,perceptions and perspectives of employees in four of the largest workplaces in Northern Ireland, including their perceptions about appropriate ways to deal with contentious issues. The findings should be relevant to those interested in communication in diverse workplaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285-318
    JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


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