Interessante Neuerscheinung: Exploring Internal Communication

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Das am 15. Juli 2010 in England von Kevin Ruck veröffentlichte Buch „Exploring Internal Communication“ dokumentiert genau diese Entwicklung, zeigt den aktuellen Stand und weist Perspektiven auf.

Die Inhalte im Überblick:

Exploring Internal Communication is a general introduction to the fast developing fields of internal communication and employee engagement. It is relevant to people currently working in these areas, from either a corporate communication or human resources background and also to operational managers seeking a better understanding of internal communication. From the outset the book takes the view that internal communication and employee engagement are closely linked.

1) Organisational culture – Donna McAleese

This chapter provides an overview of organisational culture. Internal communication is a function that takes place within organisations, so this is where the theoretical focus starts. Culture impacts on how internal communication is practised and internal communication can, and does, impact on culture. Organisational culture is defined and Schein’s Model of Culture Analysis is reviewed. The chapter also discusses culture change and culture as a management tool.

2) Management: from command and control to the edge of chaos – Kevin Ruck

This chapter provides an overview of management theories, such as systems theory and chaos and complexity theory. It takes the reader on a journey from command and control approaches to the edge of chaos. This provides internal communicators with the knowledge to contextualise communication, but more importantly enable internal communicators to employ communication techniques that support the changes that organisations undertake.

3) Communication theory – Kevin Ruck

This chapter provides a basic background for understanding communication in its broadest sense. Theories discussed include attribution theory, social exchange theory and cognitive dissonance theory. An understanding of communication theory is fundamental for people working in internal communication, as it is often too easy to forget how a briefing or a video might be received and answer the “what is in it for me” question of the employee.

4) Employee engagement – Kevin Ruck

This chapter explores employee engagement and the discussion covers the report for the UK government on this topic that was produced in 2009. Drivers and enablers for employee engagement are reviewed and the link between engagement and performance is analysed. Further links to theories of social and communication capital are made and the concept of communication constituting organisation is introduced.

5) Rethinking internal communication – Mary Welch

This chapter debates the nature of internal communication and defines it in terms of four dimensions: line management; team peer; project peer and internal corporate communication. It concentrates on the fourth of these dimensions which relates to communication between senior managers and employee stakeholders. It argues for a stakeholder approach and presents the Internal Communication Matrix, an analytical tool which may help in strategic analysis, planning and evaluation.

6) Research and analysis – Paul Noble

This chapter is a guide on conducting research and analysing the situation. This is an important aspect of internal communication that is often neglected. The chapter introduces communication audits as the starting point for all communication campaigns and continues with a more detailed discussion of research methods. This includes a section on primary research with useful pointers on how to prepare questionnaires and conduct interviews and focus groups.

7) Creativity, strategic thinking and planning – Kevin Ruck

This chapter focuses on planning models and includes a brief review of creative problem solving, setting objectives, targeting employee groups and strategic thinking. The emphasis in the chapter is on identification of the real problem or situation and the development of relevant, measurable communication objectives. Much of the strategic planning process follows from the time taken to complete these steps.

8 ) Tone of voice – Ellen Hake

This chapter looks at tone of voice. Not only does the internal tone of voice need to match external communications, it should also reflect the desired culture of the organisation. The chapter includes six key steps to effective communication; focus on the audience, set a clear goal, use the right tone, use words that have a clear meaning, find the right structure, and adapt to the medium.

9) Social media and enterprise 2.0 – Francesco Furnari

This chapter reviews current thinking in using social media for internal communication and the development of Enterprise 2.0. The chapter explores thinking about social media and the way it is changing both internal communication and the organisation. A converged media approach is introduced that combines the written/spoken word with visual and experiential approaches.

10) The role of the internal communicator – Ann Pilkington

This chapter suggests a role for internal communication practitioners as transformational leaders in organisations. Some management commentators maintain that most projects fail to deliver promised outcomes due largely to faulty communication. Seen in this light, internal communication will become increasingly important in the next decade and the role of internal communicators as business partners is explored.

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