From Corporate Websites to Corporate Blogs: New Frontiers of Organizational Communication

By Michela Cortini.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The present paper aims at analysing corporate weblogs as organizational communication tool. We propose a typology of corporate weblogs, distinguishing among corporate diaries, notebooks, filters, plogs and klogs. From a corporate point of view, blogs can be used for both internal and external organizational communication. In particular, for what concerns internal communication, there is, first of all, an intranet type of blog, called klog, which aims at data mining and project management. Besides klogs, employee blogs are a powerfull tool to reflect about one’s experience as worker and let the employee construct her professional identity. For what concerns marketing communication, blogs have deeply changed the nature of relationship between organizations and their stakeholders, representing a relational marketing tool, no matter if we talk about notebooks, filters or diaries. Finally, corporate plogs derive their name from “personal blogs” and they are, literally, a specific kind of weblog directed to a unique target, with name and surname. This strategy of influence is very underhand, first of all because it is specifically designed to answer to potential consumers’ needs and, on a second basis, because what is typically a mass medium communication assumes the shapes of an interpersonal communication. The paper explores with real data all these themes, with a particular focus on the way by which corporations construct their credibility for the stakeholders.

Keywords: Organizational Communication, Weblog

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 606.362KB).

Prof. Michela Cortini

Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Bari, Bari, Puglia, Italy

Michela Cortini is full researcher in Work and Organizational Psychology at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Bari (Italy). She has a Ph.D. in Psychology of Communication at the Department of Psychology of the University of Bari and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Paris8 (France). Her main research topics include: career guidance, psychology of marketing, organizational communication, sport psychology, methodology for psychological research, and military psychology.

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