Category Archives: Book

Get your orders in (II)

The Handbook of organizational rhetoric and communication is on its way. A book long in the making and I am especially proud of having worked with (Sir) Bob Heath.

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Get your orders in!

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Public Relations and Social Theory: Key Figures, Concepts and Developments broadens the theoretical scope of public relations studies by applying the work of a group of prominent social theorists to make sense of the practice. The volume focuses on the work of key social theorists, including Max Weber, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Jürgen Habermas, Niklas Luhmann, Michel Foucault, Ulrich Beck, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Robert Putnam, Erving Goffman, Peter L. Berger, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Bruno Latour, Dorothy Smith, Zygmunt Bauman, Harrison White, John W. Meyer, Luc Boltanski and Chantal Mouffe. Each chapter is devoted to an individual theorist, providing an overview of that theorist’s key concepts and contributions, and exploring how these can be applied to public relations as a practice. Each chapter also includes a box giving a short and concise presentation of the theorist, along with recommendation of key works and secondary literature.

EUPRERA papers from 2016

Finally! Some of the best papers from last year’s EUPRERA Congress have been published. Electronic version out on the opening of this year’s conference in London. If you are a member of EUPRERA please be on the look out for the discount code. We are talking 70 percent….

INTRODUCTION

1. EDUCATING SOCIETY’S FUTURE PR PRACTITIONERS: AN EXPLORATION OF ‘PREPAREDNESS’ AS A QUALITATIVE INDICATOR OF HIGHER EDUCATION PERFORMANCE

2. CONTEXTUALISING CHANGE IN PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

3. WHEN A NATION’S LEADER IS UNDER SIEGE: MANAGING PERSONAL REPUTATION AND ENGAGING IN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

4. TOWARDS A SOCIETAL DISCOURSE WITH THE GOVERNMENT? A COMPARATIVE CONTENT ANALYSIS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION BY THE BRITISH, FRENCH AND GERMAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS 2011-2015

5. LESSONS LEARNED: COMMUNICATION STUDIES IN TRANSITION

6. SECRETS OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

7. SOCIAL MEDIA: THE DIALOGUE MYTH? HOW ORGANISATIONS USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE

8. CLARIFYING SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES IN ORGANISATIONAL DECISION MAKING – PERCEPTIONS OF FINNISH COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS

9. CRISIS, RESPONSE, REPUTATION, ACTOR, AND CONTEXT: A CROSS-DISCIPLINARY STUDY OF KEY CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

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Second edition

In 2009 Betteke van Ruler, Magnus Fredriksson and I edited Public Relations and Social Theory. Magnus and I are pleased to announce that we have just signed the contract for a second and expanded edition. The first edition included chapters on key social theorists like Jürgen Habermas, Niklas Luhmann, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Robert Putnam, Erving Goffman, Peter L. Berger, Dorothy Smith, Bruno Latour, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ulrich Beck and Max Weber. The second is likely to add contributions on John Dewey, Karl Marx, Luc Boltanski, John Meyer, Chantal Mouffe, Harrison White, and Jean-Francois Lyotard. How can these theorists be applied on public relations? Stay tuned for a 2018 release…

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Everything you wondered about Norwegian political communication, and then some

I have committed an edited volume on Norwegian political communication together with a bunch of the best Norwegian academics and a couple of good colleagues from our neighbouring countries. The volume clocks in on 362 pages and the first section offers chapters discussing how political communication is treated in different academic fields (think political science, media studies, rhetoric). Then follows a section focusing on different actors and institutions (political parties, commentators, public relations agencies, etc.), and a section on channels, platforms and processes (election campaigns, speeches, social media, etc.). The book is rounded of with a conclusion chapter and three commentaries from key scholars in the field. 24 chapters in total. I have a hand on the wheel of the intrdocution adn conclusion, as well as the chapters on public relations and lobbying. Again: Brush up on your Norwegian skills!

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New in paperback: The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility

Now there is no excuse! The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility is out in paperback. Admittedly, the hardback price of USD 208 was a little steep. The paperback, however, is a steal for USD 50.

You just got to have it. And you don’t need to take my word only. The book is mentioned in Communication Director as one of “25 books every communicator should read”:  “This book live up to its promise of delivering the ‘definitive research collection for CSR communication’. … The publication of a handbook represents both the crystallization of research into a subject as well as serving as a platform for future studies, and this comprehensive title thoroughly serves both purposes” (Communication Director, 3/2013, p. 11).

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New book

In 2004, I wrote a public relations textbook for the Norwegian market together with Per Robstad. When it was time to make a second edition, I decided to up the ante a bit and write a proper scholarly book discussing the theories of the field.  What do we have? Where should we go?

The book bears the title PR and Strategic Communication: Theories and Professional Identity (translated) and is out now on Universitetsforlaget. Sorry folks, it is only in Norwegian. If I can find the time, however, I hope to rewrite it for the international market. Don’t hold your breath though.

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