Applications and implementations of new media in corporate communications: An action research approach
Purpose - Advances in new media and web technology are making it easier for organizations and their employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders to participate in the creation and management of content. It is therefore, useful to understand how a corporate communication strategy can leverage these trends. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the take-up and use of new media in organizations, highlighting a current approach to implementation issues. Design/methodology/approach - The paper reviews and explores new media in organizations from three ecological layers: the social, discursive and technical, addressing who is communicating, the communication content and new media technology used. Findings - The paper recommends a customer-centered approach to implementing new media adoption in organizations using action research. Research limitations/implications - Academic literature is lagging behind the pace of technological change, and evaluation studies are limited. Originality/value - The paper shows how new media and Web 2.0 services can be employed to work in tandem with conventional communication tools such as phone, fax and corporate intranets. Such a hybrid approach enables organizations to maintain and strengthen existing stakeholder relationships, but also reach out and build relationships with new stakeholders who were previously inaccessible or invisible.
Corporate Communications: An International Journal
Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified