A REPLY TO SHOTLAND AND SHERIF

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 143–144. Warren Bennis replies to comments by R. Lance Shotland (see record 2006-06403-049) and Carolyn Wood Sherif (see record 2006-06403-050) on Bennis's review (see record 2006-06395-048) of Shotland's book, University Communication Networks: The Small World Method (1976). Bennis confesses that he made a fundamental error in judgment when he agreed to review Shotland's book. His initial reaction was negative, and he feared that were he to express his criticisms in CP, the book would attract more attention (and readers) than it had any right to. His worst fears have materialized. Shotland claims that the review was “harsh and emotional.” Harsh it was, but Bennis doesn't think it was emotional. Bennis states that he is at a total loss to know how to deal with Shotland's charge of a deliberate attempt to distort some of Shotland's statements. What Sherif and Shotland think is important, Bennis thinks is banal; the differences they think make a difference, he thinks makes no difference. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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