Adapting Crisis Communication Theory to a Global Environment
Crisis Communication / Research Summaries

Adapting Crisis Communication Theory to a Global Environment

As I mentioned in my post the other day, I’m not able to attend the World Communication Association (WCA) conference this year in Bishkek. However, thanks to my friends who are attending and a bit of multimedia technology, I’m still able to present my research. This piece is a collaboration with another of my Master’s … Continue reading

Good resources for background research
Opinion / Research

Good resources for background research

In our crazy information rich world, it’s sometimes hard to evaluate ‘credible’ sources. I think it’s usually worth having a conversation about credible sources — especially when we seem to be increasingly debating ‘whose facts belong to whom’. Those opinions always cause me to cringe because information is value neutral… what we do with it … Continue reading

Were BP’s Apologies in the Gulf of Mexico Ethical?
Case Studies / Crisis Communication / Research / Research Summaries

Were BP’s Apologies in the Gulf of Mexico Ethical?

In the six years that have passed since the tragic explosion of the BP-owned deep water platform in the Gulf of Mexico, much has been written about the spill, the organization, and BP’s response to it — including a few of my own academic publications. My project, which has involved about 50 Master’s students and … Continue reading

Learning to classify your stakeholders
Research / Research Summaries

Learning to classify your stakeholders

Today’s organization has to manage a lot of different stakeholder relationships. Stakeholders are those groups and/ or individuals who can affect or be affected by a focal organization . These groups form because of an awareness that the focal organization’s activities are relevant to and perhaps changeable by the group. But, not all stakeholders are created … Continue reading

Using Multiple Leaders for Crisis Issue Management: The Case of the 2010 BP Spill
Case Studies / Crisis Communication / Research

Using Multiple Leaders for Crisis Issue Management: The Case of the 2010 BP Spill

The Public Faces of a Crisis:  Using Multiple Leaders for Crisis Issue Management Audra Lawson, Ph.D. Most models of crisis leadership focus on a single person – typically the CEO – as the critical public face during a major crisis.  Yet, there are multiple roles that leaders must serve including psychological roles to reaffirm officials … Continue reading