Workplace meetings take place for many reasons.
Employees meet to talk about problems, develop solutions,
generate ideas, reach consensus, and make decisions. But in
addition to the outcomes they are intended to achieve,
meetings are also sites for many other organizational
phenomena, including sensemaking, leadership influence,
relationship building, team dynamics, conflict, and the
shaping of employee attitudes. The impact of meetings
extends well beyond the boundaries of the meeting itself.
scholars from multiple disciplines, including management
and organizational behavior, communication, organizational
psychology, and sociology, have all made efforts to better
understand the many facets of meetings, such as how meetings
are planned and conducted in organizations, what
happens inside of the meetings, and how meetings may
affect overall individual, team, and organizational outcomes.