Call for papers

Governance Through Communication: Stakeholder Engagement, Dialogue, and Corporate Social Responsibility

**This preconference is not at the Hilton.**

Overall Description:   This two-part preconference investigates the topical question of governance, focusing on the role communication expertise and practices play in the way in which the idea of governance is constructed and enacted by government and business organizations. We focus on three themes — stakeholder engagement, dialogue, and corporate social responsibility — which have become prominent in recent years in public and expert discourses about business, government, and their relationships with those they perceive as stakeholders.

Participation may be in either or both parts of the conference.
Cost:   $145.00 USD (discounted rate for participation in full program)

PART I: Dialogue and Stakeholder Engagement

Time/Location:   Saturday, 15 June; 9:30 – 16:30; Main Academic Building at Queen Margaret U, Edinburgh, UK, Centre for Dialogue

Accommodation:   Alternatively, for a budget option, we have halls of residence on campus (where the preconference is taking place). Our campus accommodation offers ensuite bedrooms, clustered in self contained flats (2 star rating). Each flat has its own kitchen with dining and living area. Single room rate is £52.50 single (room only). To book this, please email:

Costs:   $70.00 USD

Description:   The concepts of dialogue and stakeholder engagement have been prominent in public relations and organizational communication scholarship, as well as in organizational/managerial practice, science, health, and public policy. The aim of this event is to take stock of the way in which these concepts have been developed theoretically and used in research by different academic disciplines, particularly by public relations and organizational communication scholars; to reflect on how they have been applied in practice to manage relationships, develop organizations and communities, and to make policy. Finally, we ask questions about the social impact of these ideas and the way in which they are put into practice.

This event should bring together a range of contributions investigating stakeholder engagement and the use of dialogue by organizations in very different fields in order to look for common patterns and for differences in what these ideas mean and achieve in practice. By attending to the values and norms which underpin the practice of stakeholder engagement and dialogue, we propose to reflect on the contribution made by communication expertise and those who wield it on behalf of organizations to societal and organizational governance.

CFP Submission:   Extended abstracts (500-1000 words) should be submitted to no later than 15 February 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by 1 March 2013. Deadline for registration is 1 May 2013. Full papers will be made available on the preconference website.

Organizers/Contact:   Magda Pieczka, Queen Margaret U (

PART II: CSR and Communication: Extending the Agenda

Time/Location:   Monday, 17 June; 9:00 – 17:00 (followed by reception); Cass Business School, London, UK

Costs:   $80.00 USD

Sponsors:   Copenhagen Business School, Case Business School, nSICE

Description:   The preconference addresses the important field of enquiry, which is emerging at the cross-section between Communication Studies and Corporate Social Responsibility Research. In recent years, research on CSR has increasingly been concerned with perceptions, dispositions and actions of a wider range of stakeholders. This is pushing the field of CSR communication to extend its agenda from the hitherto dominant concern with the strategic CSR communication of companies, towards a considerably wider spectrum of questions, probing the role of business in society by investigating relations – symbolic as well as material – with various publics, as these are reflected in and constituted by communicative processes.

CFP Submission:   Extended abstracts (500-1000 words) should be submitted to no later than 1 February 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by 15 February 2013. Deadline for registration is 1 May. Full papers will be made available on the preconference website.

Further information:   Please refer to for full program and other details.


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Julie Uldam (
Dennis Schoeneborn
Anne Kaun
Eleftheria Lekakis