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Public Relations Theory. Capabilities and Competencies. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5178807
  • Book
  • October 2020
  • 400 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Explore a wide range of theoretical frameworks and themes for public relations in this comprehensive and authoritative work  Public Relations Theory: Capabilities and Competencies is a comprehensive overview of the major theoretical perspectives in public relations, considering the evolution, diversification and merger of approaches that have been spurred by rapid changes in society, cultural boundaries, technology, and media environments. Authors Jae-Hwa Shin and Robert Heath explain both organizational and social theories of public relations, including cases and challenges to help students bring theory and research to bear on solving the daily challenges of public relations practice.  Rather than advocate in favor of a particular theoretical view or position, Public Relations Theory: Capabilities and Competencies covers a broad range of theoretical perspectives and themes in public relations, including: 
  • An examination of excellence theory, contingency theory, rhetorical theory, and critical theory as these perspectives apply to public relations 
  • Issues management, crisis management, risk management and conflict management with respect to public relations 
  • Combining theory and practice for conceptualization and strategic execution of robust public relations programs and campaigns 
  • The importance of public relations ethics to serve the public good 
  • How to define “the public” or “relationships” in the field of public relations 
The book  closes with discussion of emerging topics and the recent transformation of public relations theory to take diversity, technology, and global identity into account and offers insight into future direction.  This book is perfect for upper level undergraduate and graduate students of public relations in journalism and communication. It will also be useful for public relations practitioners who hope to improve their understanding of the theoretical background and principles of their work and serve as an excellent reference for doctoral students and researchers in the area.
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About the authors



Chapter 1: Public Relations: Socially Responsible or Work of the Devil

Chapter 2: Role of Theory: Affirming and Advancing Professional Practice

Chapter 3: Excellence Theory: Public Relations as Strategic Communication Management

Chapter 4: Contingency Theory: Strategic Conflict Management

Chapter 5: Rhetorical Theory of Public Relations: Shared Empowerment through Discourse

Chapter 6: Critical Theory of Public Relations: Critiquing Discourse Processes, Meaning, and Power

Chapter 7: Issues, Crisis, and Risk Communication and Management

Chapter 8: Public relations and Measurement Challenges

Chapter 9: Public Relations and Ethical Challenges: Being a Saint not a Sinner

Chapter 10: Publics, Stakeholders, and Other Voices

Chapter 11: Public Relations and Relationships

Chapter 12: The Role of Public Relations Professionals and Leadership Challenges

Chapter 13: Current Trends and Issues in Building Public Relations Theories

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Jae-Hwa Shin University of Southern Mississippi.

Robert L. Heath University of Houston.
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