Accolades

Here are excerpts from some reviews of books that I have written or edited

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From Public Relations Review

“This collection aptly demonstrates how the theories of a number of social theorists – some of whom have only shown secondary or even more remote interest in the field of public relations – can contribute to a better understanding of public relations as a social activity. … Though this is not the first book which attempts to bring social theories to bear upon public relations, it may well be one of the first to do this in a comprehensive way, highlighting a range of perspectives which are not necessarily sharing the same premises nor outcomes. ….

We do hope that there are enough open minded people out there, not only in the PR but also in bordering professional and academic communities, who could use this important book as a starting point for the urgently needed dialogue to bridge the gaps between practitioners and theoreticians in the public relations field on the one hand, and between PR and related professional disciplines on the other. …” Jan Servaes in Public Relations Review, Vol. 36 (2010), pp. 93–96.

From Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

“The editors of this much-needed book have set forth to conquer a challenging task: to break public relations free from what some see as an intellectual silo and place both the practice and study of public relations into a larger context. By encouraging interdisciplinarity in the study of public relations, they have both acknowledged the increasing role of public relations in our society, and suggested a way that we can study how the practice of public relations affects our world. ….

The book‘s value lies in opening up the minds of public relations scholars to new possibilities and interdisciplinary approaches by pointing out social theory that can be applied to public relations. The chapters’ authors not only draw connections, but also allow and encourage the reader to do as well. In this way, the book serves as a sort of mental calisthenics for the public relations scholar whose thinking might have stiffened somewhat along established modes of inquiry. For that reason, it is a valuable addition to the literature in this rapidly expanding field and a good resource for the beginning or established public relations scholar.” Jessalynn Strauss in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 87 (2010) No. 3/4, pp. 673-674.

From Journal of Communication Management

“This collection of essays on some of the most important contemporary sociologists and famous ideas of the last 50 years is a most welcome addition to a growing range of public relations literature. …. Although I have my favourites among the chapters, what is remarkable about this collection is the degree of consistency in the approach and quality …. As a teacher, I am delighted to have this resource and have already included it in my various reading lists for the more advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am sure the book will be well used at this level and hope that it will contribute to making public relations as a discipline less inward looking.” Magda Pieczka in Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 14 (2010), No. 1, pp. 95–96.

From Corporate Communications: An International Journal

“A bricolage of different social theorists’ perspectives and applications of their ideas to the field of public relations are presented in the book, and can be illustrated as a fine kaleidoscope. With its unique approach, this book not only brings together prominent authors from the public relations arena, or expands the methodological issues in the discipline of public relations, but also raises attention to public relations as a social activity. … We see it as an essential reader at least for scholars and, especially, for PhD students in the field of public relations, if not for practitioners.” Ursa Golob and Klement Podnar in Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 14 (2012), No. 4, pp. 470-473.

 

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2011 Pride Award for Best Scholarly Book for Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, awarded by the Public Relations Division of NCA

“… this should prove to be the definitive collection on CSR communication, at least for the foreseeable future” European Journal of Communication, 27(4), 456-457.

Placed on the list of 25 books that “every communicator should read.” Communication Director 3/2013

“Summing Up: Recommended. Research and faculty collections.” Choice , March 1, 2012

“If the publication of a handbook represents both the crystallization of research into a movement or field as well as serving as a platform for future studies, then this handsome and thorough title certainly serves both purposes well.” Communication Director, 4/2011

“An impressive, accessible volume that includes writing by a significant group of international scholars and practitioners, this handbook will prove instructive to CSR practitioners and students alike.” Ethical Corporation Magazine, July 1, 2011

“I strongly recommend you to read this book whether you’re an expert on CSR as if you’re a beginner in this subject. All of you, I’m sure, will find something useful for your company or for your research.” Maria del Mar Miras, Social Responsibility Review, no. 3, 2012

 

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From Norsk medietidsskrift (sorry, only in Norwegian)

“Foruten forord, består boken av seks relativt korte, og kompakte, kapitler, mellom 14 og 23 sider. Til slutt har han en litteraturliste som han karakteriserer som «ganske voksen,» det vil si 33 sider. Med det dokumenterer Ihlen sin imponerende bredde- og dybdekunnskap på feltet. …

Som akademiker på feltet blir min allerede store respekt for Øyvind Ihlen styrket ved å studere PR & strategisk kommunikasjon. Han dokumenterer sin bredde og dybde som forsker. Boka er Gefundenes Fressen for formidlere på våre høyskoler og universiteter. Selv om Ihlen ikke spesifikt har redegjort for sin metodiske tilnærming i et eget kapittel eller i det minste et avsnitt, tar han luven fra en slik eventuell kritikk i forordet: «Intensjonen min har vært å gi en mest mulig helhetlig oversikt […] Dermed er litteraturlista nødvendigvis også blitt ganske voksen […] Teksten er et resultat av over 20 års lesning av litteraturen om organisasjoners kommunikasjon og bredt orientert forskning om det samme.» Ihlen leverer elegant ved å ta med et svært bredt spekter av standardverk på feltet.

Øyvind Ihlen formidler godt. Språket er klart og samtidig underfundig, litt muntlig, og litt rocka, som opphavspersonen: hvem har vel beskrevet en litteraturliste som «voksen»? I diskusjoner og argumentasjonsrekker kikker han plutselig inn i kamera, på leseren, og bruker det personlige pronomen «du». Her er det ingen «man», men «jeg» og «vi». En akademisk distanse er likevel, slik jeg ser det, vel ivaretatt, selv om det aldri er vanskelig å få øye på Ihlen i Ihlens tekst.

… Hva har vi gjort for å videreutvikle dette viktige faget? En god del, faktisk. Ikke minst Øyvind Ihlen.” Tor Bang i Norsk medietidsskrift, 2014, 24(1), 76-79.

 

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From Norsk medietidskrift (sorry, only in Danish!)

“Prisværdig bog om politisk kommunikation

Titlen på bogen Makt, medier og politik: Norsk politisk kommunikation er på sæt og vis misvisende. På den ene side er det korrekt, som undertitlen angiver, at der sættes fokus på (forskningen) i norsk politisk kommunikation. På den anden side gør bogen så meget mere end det. Og begge dele er prisværdige. …

Fint overblik

Bogen prætenderer ikke at være en indføring i politisk kommunikation, og har man ikke forhåndskendskab til feltet, kan man med fordel opsøge mere omfattende (udenlandske) lærebøger. Til gengæld giver de enkelte kapitler et fint overblik over (forskningen i) forskellige aspekter af den politiske kommunikation, og i særdeles hvad angår den norske forskning og de særlige vilkår for politisk kommunikation i Norge.

Bogen vil være guld for forskere og studerende at konsultere, når de har behov for en oversigt over den hidtidige norske forskning på feltet. Bogens overvejelser over norsk politisk kommunikations særegenhed i forhold til – eller lighed med – med kommunikationen i andre lande er ganske udmærkede, men der er tale om en begrænset sammenligning, så her er der klart et emne for fremtidig systematisk, komparativ forskning.” Erik Albæk i Norsk medietidsskrift, 2016 26(3). 10.18261/issn.0805-9535-2016-03-10

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