## Structural Differentiation In Emergent Groups

1974-03
##### Authors
Forrest, Thomas R.
##### Publisher
Disaster Research Center
##### Description
This study is an extension of earlier work done by this researcher which concentrated on the behavioral dimension of group emergence (Forrest, 1968). In that study an effort was made to focus on interactional patterns which were not yet institutionalized or regulated by a set of established structural relationships. To assist in this analysis, the emergent norm theory of collective behavior was employed to distinguish developmental phases of group formation. While the problem of structural differentiation was recognized at that time, an adequate understanding of this process was not acquired. Thus, this present study builds upon our earlier work.
##### Keywords
Structural Differentiation , Emergent Groups