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Towards visual strategic communications: An innovative interdisciplinary perspective on visual dimensions within the strategic communications field

Karina Goransson (Faculty of Science Technology and Media, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, Sweden)
Anna-Sara Fagerholm (Faculty of Science Technology and Media, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, Sweden)

Journal of Communication Management

ISSN: 1363-254X

Article publication date: 5 February 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how a visual perspective can be applied to strategic communication research. First, the term visual communication will be examined from various perspectives with an attempt to develop a foundation for this new academic territory. Second, this study summarises how visual approaches are applied in strategic communication research during 2005-2015, this is done by a literature review including an overall content analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to explore how visual approaches can be applied to strategic communication research, the study started with a literature review by examining the term visual communication from various perspectives. The second step was to do a brief content analysis in order to provide a detailed pattern of theoretical visual approaches in strategic communication research published in scientific journals in the field of strategic communication 2005-2015. A qualitative coding scheme was developed based on the classification of visual approaches in communication research by Barnhurst et al. (2004) and Martin (2011).

Findings

The findings of this study not only support previous research indicating that visual approaches in communication research are increasing; the study also points in the direction of that visual approaches in the research field of strategic communication has slightly emerged during 2005-2015.

Research limitations/implications

This study summarises how visual approaches are applied in strategic communication research during 2005-2015.

Originality/value

This study can provide important knowledge about an innovative visual perspective in strategic communication research.

Keywords

Citation

Goransson, K. and Fagerholm, A.-S. (2018), "Towards visual strategic communications: An innovative interdisciplinary perspective on visual dimensions within the strategic communications field", Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 46-66. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCOM-12-2016-0098

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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