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Objective
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Explain what is Grapevine Communication
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Describe the Characteristics of Grapevine
Communication
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Describe the Types of Grapevine Communication
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Explain ways of Managing the Grapevine
Communication
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Describe the Advantages and Disadvantages of
Grapevine Communication
Introduction
Look at the conversation between two employees of an MNC.
Introduction
You can see that
John and Mark are
talking about an
upcoming vacancy
and promotion that
they do not have
any official news
about
It is evident that
this is not the right
way to talk about
something they do
not know about
John and Mark are
involved in what is
known as grapevine
communication
Let us learn more
about grapevine
communication
What is Grapevine Communication?
Grapevine Communication
is an informal channel of
business communication
It is mostly found in low
levels of an
organization
Grapevine cannot be used as
formal communication
channel. It provides a channel
for issues.
Grapevine is called so
because it spreads at all
levels irrespective of the
authority level.
Though formal channels exist,
the informal channels develops
when people interact with
others in an organization.
Examples of Grapevine Communication
CEO may have friendly relations with the Production
Manager. The CEO may tell the Production Manager
about an upcoming takeover of another company by
their organization. The Production Manager spreads
such news without the formal announcement of this
news through the right organizational channels
A company has not yet declared its annual
profits. Yet, rumours spread about the figures
of profit of the company and about the
amount of bonus that will be declared based
on such profits
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Characteristics of Grapevine Communication
The following are some of the characteristics of grapevine communication
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Oral
Mostly
undocumented
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Open to change
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Quick
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Crosses
organizational
boundaries
Inaccurate
Types of Grapevine Communication
There are four types of grapevine chains.
They are:
Single strand chain
Gossip chain
Probability chain
Cluster chain
Reasons for Development of Grapevine
Employees rely on the grapevine when:
There is pending change
They are under stress
They are insecure
They feel threatened
Communication from
management is limited
Managing the Grapevine Communication
It is important
to understand that it is not
possible to completely
abolish or stop the
grapevine activity in an
organization
Effective Use of the Grapevine
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It can be used to keep
employees up-to-date with
organizational policy
matter plans, and
prospects in order to check
speculation
Advantages of Grapevine Communication
Advantages
Speedy spread of information
Receipt of fast feedback
Sense of unity
Provides emotional support
Free expression of ideas
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