How Communication Networks and Relational Framing Affect your Organization


Duration: 56 minutes

CE Instructor: Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, President of bSci21Media, LLC

Abstract: In this audio only event, Todd Ward and Angela Cathey discuss an article by Houmanfar, Rodrigues, and Smith (2009) titled “Role of Communication Networks in Behavioral Systems Analysis” from the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. In doing so, they discuss the critical role of communication in affecting organizational dynamics and, ultimately, its presence in the marketplace. They conceptualize an organization within a metacontingency framework – a set of Interlocked Behavioral Contingencies (IBCs), which produce an Aggregate Product, whose function in the marketplace feeds back into the organization set within the broader cultural milieu. Communication itself is discussed within the context of Relational Frame Theory, rule-governed behavior, and the associated concepts of tracking, pliance, and augmentals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the components of a metacontingency.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish between pliance, tracking, and augmentals.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the conditions under which explicit vs implicit rules may be beneficial to an organization.

The original citation for Houmanfar, Rodrigues, and Smith’s paper is below:

Houmanfar, R., Rodrigues, N. J., & Smith, G.S. (2009).  Role of Communication Networks in Behavioral Systems Analysis.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 29, 257-275.

This course has one lesson, followed by a quiz.

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