SAGE Journal Articles

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Zhang, Y., & Chiu, C-Y. (2011). Goal commitment and alignment of personal goals predict group identification only when the goals are shared. Group Process & Intergroup Communication. DOI: 10.1177/1368430211415440

This article discusses the conflict that arises from various goals in communication in contrast to shared group goals. Group identification emerged as the most important in shared meaning goals. The study included a three month period and the results are published within the article. Cultural dynamics are addressed as another means of communicating through shared meaning.

  1. Discuss the relationship between personal goals and shared goals.
  2. Identify the reasons for group alignment in reducing conflict.
  3. Discuss the reduction of conflict in shared goals and meaning.
  4. Identify the process for individual goals and groups goals creating shared meaning.


Ramiez, A., Sumner, E.M., & Spinda, J. (2015). The relational reconnection function of social network sites. New Media and Society. Sage. DOI: 10.1177/1461444815614199

This article engages and discusses the role of social media in relational communication. This focuses, includes, and examines SNS (Social Networking Sites) as a platform for relationships and permits relational communication to flourish.

  1. Discuss what is meant by re-connection in a relational communication context.
  2. Identify the possible advantages of relational communication through SNS.
  3. How are messages conveyed in a relational context when the goal is to re-connect with a former friend or partner?
  4. Identify the modalities and multiple channel use of relational communication.