Article published in:Strategic Communication: Beyond nation cultural adaption, images and identity
Edited by Hassan Abu Bakar and Bahtiar Bin Mohamad
[Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 28:1] 2018
► pp. 1–19
Theorizing corporate-community relationships and the role of contextual factors in peacebuilding and beyond
Stacey L. Connaughton | The Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
Kelly S. Vibber | Department of Communication, University of Dayton
Arunima Krishna | Department of Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations, Boston University
Jasmine R. Linabary | The Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
Neva Štumberger | The Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
The concept of relationships is one that is central to numerous subfields within communication, including interpersonal, organizational, and public relations. This conceptual paper investigates the notion of relationships and proposes a framework to understand and explicate corporate-community relationships (CCRs), a specific type of organization-public relationships (OPRs). In developing this framework, we draw upon existing literature and our experiences in Liberia related to natural resource management (NRM) as part of a multi-year collaborative peacebuilding initiative. We advance a framework of CCRs that (a) helps develop further empirical research and knowledge about these relationships and (b) contributes to the practice of more transformative relationships between Western and Asian multinational corporations (MNCs) and local communities in West Africa and beyond. This framework puts forth our conceptualization of CCRs as (a) constituted by the communicative, (b) dynamic, constantly influenced by macro and micro factors, and (c) complex. Drawing on our framework, we also advance some guiding questions for a research agenda in this area.
Keywords: community-corporate relationships, Liberia, peacebuilding, relationship
Published online: 19 January 2018
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