Strategizing Communication: Theory and Practice

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Strategizing Communication offers a unique perspective on the theory and practice of strategic communication. Written for students and practitioners interested in learning about and acquiring tools for dealing with the technological, environmental and managerial challenges, which organizations face when communicating in today’s mediascape, this book presents an array of theories, concepts and models through which we can understand and practice communication strategically.

The core of the argument is in the title: strategizing – meaning the act of making something strategic. This entails looking beyond, but not past instrumental, rational plans in order to become better able to understand and manage the concrete, incremental practices and contexts in which communication becomes strategic. Thus, we argue that although strategic communicators do (and should) make plans, a plan in itself does not determine the success of strategic communication. Rather, contextual factors such as competition, technological developments, global cultural trends and local traditions as well as employees’ skills and attitudes will determine the organization’s communicative success. This holds true regardless of the specific communicative disciplines and practices employed by the organization and/or its individual members, be they marketing, public relations, corporate communication, branding, public affairs or social advocacy. In all cases, strategic communicators do well to focus more on the process of communicating and less on the plan to communicate.

Against the backdrop of the comprehensive changes to communication in and about organizations brought about by the rise of digital communication technologies and related contextual developments, Strategizing Communication provides better and more up to date tools for understanding and managing strategic communication processes.
Strategizing Communication offers a unique perspective on the theory and practice of strategic communication. Written for students and practitioners interested in learning about and acquiring tools for dealing with the technological, environmental and managerial challenges, which organizations face when communicating in today’s mediascape, this book presents an array of theories, concepts and models through which we can understand and practice communication strategically.

The core of the argument is in the title: strategizing – meaning the act of making something strategic. This entails looking beyond, but not past instrumental, rational plans in order to become better able to understand and manage the concrete, incremental practices and contexts in which communication becomes strategic. Thus, we argue that although strategic communicators do (and should) make plans, a plan in itself does not determine the success of strategic communication. Rather, contextual factors such as competition, technological developments, global cultural trends and local traditions as well as employees’ skills and attitudes will determine the organization’s communicative success. This holds true regardless of the specific communicative disciplines and practices employed by the organization and/or its individual members, be they marketing, public relations, corporate communication, branding, public affairs or social advocacy. In all cases, strategic communicators do well to focus more on the process of communicating and less on the plan to communicate.

Against the backdrop of the comprehensive changes to communication in and about organizations brought about by the rise of digital communication technologies and related contextual developments, Strategizing Communication provides better and more up to date tools for understanding and managing strategic communication processes.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherSamfundslitteratur
Number of pages400
ISBN (Print)978-87-593-2207-9
StatePublished - Aug 2016

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Strategizing Communication : Theory and Practice. / Gulbrandsen, Ib Tunby; Just, Sine Nørholm.

Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur, 2016. 400 p.

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