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    Grapevine as a Link Between Formal and Informal Networks

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    This question is about the grapevine.

    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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    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 ...

    Solution Summary

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