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An Analysis of Communications - The Mechanistic Perspective

Key Points of Communications

'Communication -- - the process of transmitting and receiving ideas, information, and messages. The rapid transmission of information over long distances and ready access to information have become conspicuous and important features of human society, especially in the past 150 years.'

The encyclopedia definition of communication encompasses the ideas of exchanging a variety of messages with others. This is important to remember when looking at communications within an organization.

The whole process of communications within organizations is very complex and is certainly one of the major factors in determining whether an organization will succeed or not. The following paper deals with the different types, influences and improvements within the realm of communications in organizations.

Ways of conceptualizing communications

It is necessary to look at the problem from many viewpoints to understand how communications are performed within an organization.

These include psychological, systems-interaction, interpretive-symbolic, and mechanistic. All of these areas are very important to understand the 'whole picture,' but the focus of this paper will be in the mechanistic perspective.

Mechanistic Perspective

Information within an organization determines their ability to make informed decisions and the effectiveness of those decisions is based on the way they communicate. This mechanistic perspective on communications deals entirely with the message, the medium and factors that aid or detract from the process.

In this model, communication is initiated by the sender through to the receiver. Each process is then broken down into bits of data that can be analyzed. The areas of importance are the ways in which the sender and receiver utilize perceptive processes to encode and decode the messages and the fact that noise is in the system.