Title

Organizational Size, Company Type, and Position Effects on the Perceived Importance of Oral and Written Communication Skills

Department

Management & Entrepreneurship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 1995

Abstract

Examined the relationship between perceived importance of written and oral communication skills and organization size, company type, and employee position. Data were derived from surveys of 610 full-time employees of companies ranging in size from fewer than 50 to over 1,000 employees; Ss' jobs ranged from operative to executive levels. Strong support was found for the importance of written and oral communication skills for current job performance and job advancement. No significant differences were seen in the perceived importance of oral communication with regard to company size. Employees of larger organizations perceived writing as more important to job advancement than employees in smaller organizations.

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