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Public relations practitioner role enactment at the senior management level within UK companies

Moss, Danny A. and Warnaby, Gary and Newman, Andrew J. (2000) Public relations practitioner role enactment at the senior management level within UK companies. ISSN 1062-726X

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of an initial investigation into the role that the public relations function plays in some of the leading companies in the United Kingdom. The study sought to uncover the pattern of practitioner role enactment within these companies and, in particular, the extent to which practitioners are involved directly in the formulation and implementation of corporate and business strategies. The study revealed considerable differences in the level of practitioner involvement in strategic decision making, with some practitioners fulfilling primarily technical roles and others enacting a more significant managerial role, advising senior executives on policy issues and assisting in the implementation of strategies. Factors such as the industry and organizational context, management expectations of public relations, and the perceived professional competence of practitioners emerged as important determinants of the level of practitioner involvement in strategic decision making. Drawing on the study's findings, a number of propositions have been advanced that may help to guide future inquiries into practitioner role enactment, particularly at the senior management level within organizations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Business and Law > Centre for Corporate and Public Affairs
Faculties > Faculty of Business and Law > Marketing and Retail
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2006 12:59
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 13:50
URI: http://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4387

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