What Communication Professionals Tell Us Regarding Dominant Coalition Access and Gaining Membership

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Public relations literature emphasizes gaining membership in the dominant coalition. However, we know little about the ways that successful practitioners have garnered dominant coalition membership. By combining 32 interviews with public relations executives, four focus groups, and open-ended responses on a larger survey of communicators, this study sought to uncover patterns explaining routes to the dominant coalition. Routes found include organizational crisis, ethical dilemma, credibility gained over time, issues high on the media agenda, and leadership. The positive and negative aspects of each route are discussed and an ethical analysis of findings is offered.

Keywords: Adviser; Crisis Management; Dominant Coalition; Ethics; Reputation Management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00909880903233184

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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