Formal Communication Networks vs. the Grapevine: Definition & Contrast


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Official, corporate-endorsed communication channels are what type of network?

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1. If a CEO sends out an email to all employees explaining about an upcoming merger, this would be:

2. What are three important parts of a grapevine?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of different corporate communications networks. You will be quizzed on the differences between formal and informal communications networks and the important parts of grapevine communication.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The characteristics of formal and informal communication networks
  • Positive uses of grapevine communication networks
  • Important parts of grapevine communications
  • Centralized and decentralized communication channels

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on corporate communication channels
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast formal and informal communication channels and in which contexts their use is most appropriate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding formal and informal communication networks
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about corporate communication channels and their use

Additional Learning

To learn more about corporate communication channels, review the corresponding lesson on Formal Communication Networks vs. the Grapevine. This lesson will help you:

  • Differentiate between formal and informal communication channels
  • Identify appropriate use of corporate communication channels
  • Distinguish between centralized and decentralized networks in formal communication channels
  • Understand terms such as organigram and sociogram
  • Understand the important and positive aspects of the grapevine