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Strategic communication as institutional work
Göteborgs universitet.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2014 (English)In: The Routledge Handbook of Strategic Communication / [ed] Derina Holtzhausen, Ansgar Zerfass, London: Routledge, 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Informed by the insights from neo-institutional theory this paper seeks to discuss the problematic and often contradictory efforts of organisations to employ and follow the ideas of strategic behaviour in their communicative activities. In the first part of the paper we analyse strategic communication as determined and limited by structural conditions (i.e. rules, norms and cognitive categories) arguing that strategic behaviour of organizations is institutionally bounded. In the second part we re-address the notion of strategic communication as directed towards these institutional structures rather than specific organizational aims and goals. In this context we use the concept of institutional work performed as providing, promoting and co-opting through which organisations actively and strategically relate to and handle institutional pressures. Thereby, strategic communication of organizations is both subjected to prevailing institutional structures as well as it is constitutive for these structures.

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London: Routledge, 2014.
Keyword [en]
strategic communication, neo-institutional theory, strategy, institutional entrepreneurship, institutional work, integrated communication, ideas of communication, media work, mediatization, institutional complexity, providing, promoting, co-opting
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Social Sciences Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188841ISBN: 978-0-415-53001-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188841DiVA: diva2:579357
Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2016-02-17

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