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|Title:||Understanding strategy in communication management|
|Author(s):||Juliana Raupp, (Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany), Olaf Hoffjann, (Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Salzgitter, Germany)|
|Citation:||Juliana Raupp, Olaf Hoffjann, (2012) "Understanding strategy in communication management", Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.146 - 161|
|Keywords:||Decision making, Management research, Sensemaking, Strategy research|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/13632541211217579 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this article is to provide a new perspective on the relationship between communication management as a strategic process and corporate strategy.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper compares approaches of the prescriptive and the descriptive branch of strategy research and highlights how these seemingly contradictory strategy concepts are interrelated. It integrates decision-making and interpretive perspectives on strategy in management and transfers those perspectives to strategy in communication management. Two areas of communication management, problem definition and the identification of stakeholders, serve as examples to illustrate the conceptual framework.
Findings – A conceptual model of strategic decision making in communication management is developed. Strategy in communication management is understood as deliberately creating decision-making situations. Strategic decisions in communication management are part of both retrospective and prospective sensemaking processes in organizations.
Originality/value – This paper points to fruitful tensions between different strategy concepts and suggests ways to resolve this tension partly. It offers further insights into the role of strategy in communication management by providing a comprehensive view on strategies of communication management from the perspectives of strategy content and strategy process research.
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