Research in Progress: Examining how care ethics are understood and practiced in government PR
July 23, 2021
By: Chuqing Dong, Michigan State University and Jordan Morehouse, Clemson University
Declining public trust, increasing political polarization, and ongoing social injustice and inequality issues are just a few of the challenges the U.S. government has faced and continues to grapple with today. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified and complicated these issues, evidenced by numerous government failures in providing public services, disseminating accurate and consistent messages, and responding to citizen needs.
Amid the turbulent environment, open and… More
Research in progress: Developing a scale of organizational ethics of care for employees
July 23, 2021
By Weiting Tao and Yeunjae Lee, University of Miami
In today’s environment, employee engagement and relationships with their organizations have become particularly fragile. The psychological, physical, and financial distress brought by the global pandemic and by organizational changes in response to the pandemic (e.g., downsizing, relocation, cutting benefit, and teleworking) has put employees in a vulnerable state and has made organizational care for employees a top priority of the public relations practice.
Meanwhile, global concerns around problematic… More
Research in Progress: Examining the influence of ethics of care and servant leadership in PR
July 22, 2021
By Marlene S. Neill, Baylor University, and Juan Meng, University of Georgia
Servant leadership and ethics of care both emphasize the importance of interpersonal relationships, listening to others and empathy, all of which are critical to public relations practice. However, these two perspectives have received limited attention in public relations scholarship, despite the fact that public relations theory and practice have long advocated that public relations professionals have an obligation to seek out and consider the views of… More
Research in Progress: Understanding CSA from the perspectives of PR professionals and employees
July 7, 2021
By Hyejoon Rim, University of Minnesota; Moonhee Cho, University of Tennessee; and Katie Haejung Kim, University of Minnesota
Corporations today face pressure to express their positions on controversial issues and exercise their power to influence social and political change. As publics’ expectations have moved beyond traditional CSR to corporate social advocacy (CSA), it has become critical to understand transactional and relational consequences of CSA engagement.
There has been increasing scholarly interest in beginning to explore CSA, but… More
Research in Progress: Corporate social advocacy in women’s sports
June 29, 2021
By Dunja Antunovic, University of Minnesota; Nicole M. LaVoi, University of Minnesota; Katie Lebel, Ted Rogers School of Management; Nancy Lough, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Ceyda Mumcu, University of New Haven; and Ann Pegoraro, University of Guelph
In 2020, women’s sports leagues in the United States saw remarkable commercial success. As we noted in our article for The Conversation, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) viewership numbers… More
Research in Progress: Developing an audience-centric framework of corporate social advocacy strategy
June 21, 2021
By Jiun-Yi Tsai, Northern Arizona University, Ioana A. Coman, Texas Tech University, and Shupei Yuan, Northern Illinois University
In an age when most Americans feel deep political and ideological division, it is no exception whether the public thinks it is important for corporations to advocate controversial issues.
According to a 2020 Pew Research survey, 52 percent of U.S. adults increasingly demand corporations to take a stance on hot-button issues, while 48 percent consider companies’ neutral or no… More