Three common communication networks, or patterns of communication, that emerge in organizations

  1. Chain Network—communication flows according to the formal chain of command, both downward and upward. If accuracy is important, the chain network works well.
  2. Wheel Network—communication flows between a clearly identifiable and strong leader and others in a work group or team. The leader serves as a hub through which communication passes. If having a strong, identifiable leader is important to the organization or work unit, the wheel network is the best communication network. Accuracy is also very high with the wheel network.
  3. All-Channel Network—communication flows freely among all members of a work team. If high member satisfaction is a concern, the all channel network is preferable.