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Special Issue: Learning from the 2008-09 Global Financial Crisis

This special issue will examine the communicative dimensions of the global financial crisis that became manifest in 2008. The roots of the crisis encompass evolving organizational strategies and cultures, the development of innovative financial instruments, promotion of new attitudes toward risk and regulation, and the globalization of markets. These and other factors led to a series of interlinked events culminating in severe losses for organizations, investors, and other stakeholders; widespread mortgage failures; the development and deployment of government “rescue” or “bailout” packages under conditions of urgency; and calls for reform of organizational and regulatory practices. The legacies of this crisis may persist and evolve for years to come. Lessons are to be learned in the areas of government regulation and oversight; corporate governance and social responsibility; public relations and crisis communication; traditional and new media reporting; stakeholder communication; communication ethics; and organizational systems, culture, and strategy.

Examining the role of communication in the production of and responses to these events can yield valuable insights for theory and for future practices. Communication theory and research offer particularly relevant resources for reflexive engagement with the origins and consequences of the global financial crisis, and for envisioning productive responses. Proposals engaging with any of the following themes, or other relevant themes, are welcomed:

  • Autopoiesis and self-organizing systems

  • Communication as a constitutive process

  • Critical approaches

  • Globalization perspectives

  • Information and communication technologies

  • Organizational democracy

  • Organizational sensemaking and learning

  • Regulation, law, and policy

  • Representation and framing in traditional and new media

  • Rhetorical and discourse-analytical approaches

  • Stakeholder communication

  • Systems approaches

The special issue is scheduled for publication early 2011. Completed manuscripts should be submitted to the special issue editor, William Kinsella, no later than March 31, 2010 (earlier submissions are welcomed). Submissions should be electronic (.doc, .docx, or rtf. format) and must conform to the specifications of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition. Manuscripts should be suitable for blind review, with no identifying and author contact information included. Author names and contact information should be submitted on a separate attachment or in the covering email message. The issue editor welcomes preliminary email inquiries from prospective authors.

Issue Editor: William J. Kinsella, North Carolina State University

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