The purpose of this paper is to argue that academics should have an intimate understanding of the practical problems facing the corporate communication/public relations profession.
The paper discusses how good theory should guide research towards crucial questions and enlighten the profession.
Academics should build theory that guides research toward crucial questions to enlighten the profession. The research agenda should include macro issues such as the purpose of corporate communication in the new business paradigm; its contribution to organisational effectiveness; scope of delivery; strategy development and alignment; functional integration; return on investment; and the core competencies, processes and structures needed to enhance performance. This will create the knowledge to rectify current criticisms and fulfil top management expectations of the corporate communication function.
The paper highlights how theory on strategic communication management is the key to unlocking the boardroom.
Bütschi, G. and Steyn, B. (2006), "Theory on strategic communication management is the key to unlocking the boardroom", Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 106-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/13632540610646436Download as .RIS
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