Four Aces : Bringing Communication Perspectives to Corporate Social Responsibility

Ihlen, Øyvind, May, May, & Bartlett, Jennifer (2014) Four Aces : Bringing Communication Perspectives to Corporate Social Responsibility. In Tench, Ralph, Sun, William, & Jones, Brain (Eds.) Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility : Perspectives and Practice. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 25-39.

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The purpose of this chapter is to address the question of how communication studies can prove its value in relation to corporate social responsibility (CSR). As many disciplines seek to understand CSR, the role of communication has been relatively underexplored despite its prevalence in demonstrating and shaping social responsibility positions and practice.

Literature review.

The literature review points to what we consider as four aces. Communication studies alert us to (1) how meaning is constructed through communication, something that has implications for the management of organizations as publics hold different views of CSR and expect different things from them; (2) how a dialogue between an organization and its publics should unfold; (3) how practices of transparency can assist organizations to come across as trustworthy actors; and, importantly, (4) how a complexity view is fruitful to grasp the CSR communication process.

These four key themes could be instructive for practitioners who want to argue for and demonstrate the usefulness of strategic communication for the management of CSR and bridge meso and macro levels of analysis.

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ID Code: 67944
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Volume 6
DOI: 10.1108/S2043-9059(2014)0000006023
ISBN: 9781783507955
ISSN: 2043-9059
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2014 02:31
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2015 16:11

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