Validating credibility measures of public relations and communications: Interviews with senior‐level managers and executives from other corporate disciplines

Donald K. Wright, PhD (University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA)

Journal of Communication Management

ISSN: 1363-254X

Publication date: 1 April 1998

Abstract

This paper reports on personal and telephone interviews with senior‐level corporate managers and executives from fields other than public relations and communications (administration, engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, marketing, sales and production) in three corporations. This qualitative study (n = 61) is a follow‐up to the author's earlier quantitative postal questionnaire survey of a similar group of subjects (n = 423). All interview participants were subjects in the quantitative research. The results add additional evidence to the author's previous findings suggesting that corporate executives from other fields do not understand the corporate communications or public relations functions. As was the case in the quantitative research, subjects interviewed in this qualitative study considered external communications — especially media relations — to be the most important task that their organisation's public relations professionals were responsible for. Technical public relations skills were considered more necessary than communications management abilities for public relations professionals. The findings also suggest that the public relations function needs to do a better job of being accountable by establishing metrics to measure the effectiveness of communications efforts. Public relations also needs to be managed in such a way that it will help organisations better to achieve business goals, especially those of the new global economy.

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Wright, D. and PhD, . (1998), "Validating credibility measures of public relations and communications: Interviews with senior‐level managers and executives from other corporate disciplines", Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 105-118. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb023488

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MCB UP Ltd

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