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Grapevine as a Link Between Formal and Informal Networks

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Say you have strategy in its appropriate place in the communication model. Our text deals with formal and informal communication types as follows:

Formal Network
- Well-established, usually along operational lines
- Depends on certain established forms or "genres" in the company
- Planned and managed

Informal Network
- Complex
- Dynamic

Where does the grapevine belong in structure?

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This solution explains where the grapevine belongs in organization structure. This question is based on a discussion of formal and informal communications networks.

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The grapevine actually forms a connection between the two. This is where "I heard it through the grapevine" comes from. Information generally trickles down from formal networks and makes its way ...

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