Flow of Information

Flow of Information



      Flow of information in organizations may occur in several ways. Some of them include memos, intranets, meetings, in-person discussions, reports, phones, cell phones, text messages, and emails. Such flow of information is important since it keeps an organization running by ensuring continuous working relationships between employees and employers. In addition, the flow of information helps in the establishment of teamwork and collaboration within an organization. Evidently, sufficient flow of information through proper channels has a positive impact because it increases employee engagement and productivity. This paper is a discussion of the importance and various ways of information flow biasing on their importance to a given organization.

      Information may flow horizontally, diagonally or vertically which is the most cases in many organizations. While Vertical communication is when information streams from seniors to juniors, horizontal, and vertical apply the same idea.   Another aspect of flow of information is networks or patterns. According to research, information networks may influence teams in an organization in infinite ways. There are a number of patterns of information flow for effective communication (Judge, 2011). They include Chain, Circle, Star, All-Channel, and Wheel networks. Chain networks represent formal information flowing from senior workers to their juniors, which is an idea borrowed from the conventional military. On the other hand, circle is when flow of information is free-flow hence encouraging employees to participate in the process of decision-making in an organization while all-channel is simply an informal flow of information. While star is the basic form in majority organizations, wheel is when executives make decisions with limited employee involvement (Zupek, 2008).

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