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Communication is core to organizational coordination, and coordination is an inherently communicative process that is fundamental to organizational functioning. Although conceptions vary widely, it is proposed that organizational coordination consists of coordinating as the overarching process, coordinating mechanisms as the structures that are brought to bear, and coordination as the in situ interaction.  A structurational model of coordination includes structures (mechanisms) that affect practices (coordination) that in turn affect outcomes—all within organizational members’ ongoing streams of activity.

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