The 26th International Public Relations Research Symposium (BledCom) will be held on July 4, 5, & 6, 2019 in Rikli Balance Hotel (formerly Hotel Golf) Lake Bled, Slovenia.
 
Call for Papers for BledCom 2019: Trust and Reputation. BledCom is 26! What began as an annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in public relations and related disciplines to discuss contemporary communication and management problems has blossomed into what it is today. As the oldest conference in our field that is not affiliated with a professional or academic association, we have come much farther than we had expected in 1994! Read more here.

Program

BLEDCOM 2018 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018

14.00 - 15.00 REGISTRATION

15.00 – 17.00 PRE-CONFERENCE

Launch of The Global Public Relations Handbook: Theory, Research, and Practice (3rd Ed.)

The launch of the third edition will include a symposium on global public relations with each of the participating authors providing a brief synopsis of their chapter.  The session will also engage in a discussion of the current state and the future of global public relations.  This session is open to all BledCom attendees and so we welcome you to join and participate.

19.00 - 21.00 DINNER (at Skipass Restaurant in Kranjska Gora, departure at 18.30)

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Friday 6th July

8:30 - 9:30
REGISTRATION
9:30 - 10:00
OPENING SESSION

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Dejan Verčič, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Ana Tkalac Verčič, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Purdue University (USA)

 

WELCOME ADDRESS:

Prof. Dr. Monika Kalin Golob, Professor and Dean of the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences (Slovenia)

10:00 - 10:45
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

A World in Crisis: The Role of Public Relations

Dejan Verčič, University of Ljubljana & Stratkom (Slovenia)

10:45 - 11:00
COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 12:00
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 1A

Chair: Danny Moss

A Crisis with the Rising Machines?

Authors:

  • Timothy W. Coombs, Texas A&M University (USA)
  • Elina Tachkova, Texas A&M University (USA)
  • Sherry J. Holladay , Texas A&M University (USA)

Crisis Nearby or Faraway: Exploring the Influences of Psychological Distance of Crisis.

Authors:

  • Sungsu Kim, University of Georgia (USA)
  • Yan Jin, University of Georgia (USA)
  • Bryan H. Reber, University of Georgia (USA)

Rationality and Emotions: A Stakeholder-Oriented Crisis Communication (SOCC) Model in Global Crises.

Authors:

  • Hongmei Shen, San Diego State University  (USA)
  • Yang Cheng, North Carolina State University  (USA)

Crisis communication during a national fire disaster.

Authors:

  • Sandra Pereira, ICML-ESCS (Portugal)
  • Paula Nobre, ICML-ESCS (Portugal)

Nobody hears their cries: Weak signals in media narratives and crises development.

Authors:

  • Leanne Glenny, University of South Australia (Australia)
  • Collette Snowden, University of South Australia (Australia)
11:00 - 12:00
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 1B

Chair: Jon White

An Issues Management Approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics: A Crisis with the Rising Machines?

Author:

  • Shannon A.. Bowen, University of South Carolina (USA)

Sleeping with your enemies – and what happens day after.

Author:

  • Jacek Barlik, University of Warsaw (Poland)

Openness and transparency practices of social media influencers and their impact on follower trust and relationships: Insights from the United Arab Emirates.

Authors:

  • Gaelle Duthler, Zayed University (U.A.E)
  • Ganga S. Dhanesh, Zayed University (U.A.E)

Fake News, My News, Real News. Source credibility crisis and the rise of PR professionals as indirect gatekeepers.

Author:

  • Michal Chmiel, University of the Arts London (UK)

Seeking Shared Meaning of NPOs’ Reputation in the Post Period of a Social Crisis.

Authors:

  • Selin Turkel, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)
  • Sema Misci Kipa, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)
  • Ebru Uzunoglu, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)
12:00 - 12:45
PARALLEL PANEL SESSION 1A

EUPRERA President's Panel

  • Betteke van Ruler, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Inger Jensen, Roskilde University (Denmark)
  • Günter Bentele, University of Leipzig (Germany)
  • Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig (Germany)

Moderator: Sue Wolstenholme, Ashley Public Relations Ltd & PRCA (UK)

12:00 - 12:45
PARALLEL PANEL SESSION 1B

A world in crisis: The role of public relations.

  • Craig Fleisher, Aurora WDC (USA)
  • Sarah Hall, SarahHallConsulting & CIPR (UK)
  • Barbora Maronkova, NATO Information and Documentation Centre Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Stephen Waddington, Ketchum Worldwide (UK)

Moderator: Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Purdue University (USA)

12:45 - 14:15
LUNCH
14:15 - 15:15
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 2A

Chair: David McKie

A public relations discourse of remote aereality: The case of the UK’s Reaper drones. 

Author:

  • Gareth Thompson, University of the Arts London (UK)

Optimization of spokespersons’ use of voice in organizational crisis communication

Authors:

  • Aurélie De Waele, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • An-Sofie Claeys, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Verolien Cauberghe, Ghent University (Belgium)

Computational Propaganda and Social Bots – An Old Dog with New Tricks.

Authors:

  • Markus Wiesenberg, University of Leipzig (Germany)
  • Ralph Tench, Leeds Beckett University (UK)

Journalism and Media in Times of Crisis: Who are the Key Stakeholders and how are they Portrayed?

Author:

  • Marie-Eve Carignan, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)
  • Marc David, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)
  • Olivier Champagne-Poirier, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada)
  • Tracey O’Sullivan, University of Ottawa (Canada)

Integrating Character Assassination into Crisis Communication Curriculum.

Author:

  • Sergei A. Samoilenko, George Mason University (USA)
14:15 - 15:15
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 2B

Chair: Julia Jahansoozi

The Relational Turn in Public Relations Research: Signs of a Digital-Era Paradigm Shift in Communication Studies.

Authors:

  • Yi-Hui Christine Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR, China)
  • Qing Huang, Zhejiang University (People's Republic of China)

Agility in strategic communication research: Historical roots, conceptual specification, and implications for theory and practice.

Authors:

  • Lisa Dühring, University of Leipzig (Germany)
  • Sophia Charlotte Volk, University of Leipzig (Germany)

Sense-Making in a Postmodern World: Embracing Paradox Theory for Managing Organizational Tensions and Building Reputation among Hybrid-Identity Organizations.

Author:

  • Ruth Avidar, The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (Israel)

Critical coverage: The impact of responsibility attribution on attitude, (dis)identification and trust.

Authors:

  • Jens Seiffert-Brockmann, Universität Wien (Austria)
  • Sabine Einwiller, Universität Wien (Austria)
  • Christopher Ruppel, Universität Wien (Austria)

Redefining the Field: The Institutional Logics of Crisis Management and Crisis Communication.

Authors:

  • Finn  Frandsen, Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Winni Johansen, Aarhus University (Denmark)
15:15 - 16:15
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 3A

Chair: Terry Flynn

Difference of CSR activities and communication between B2B and B2C companies.

Authors:

  • Masayoshi Yamasaki, Aichi Sangyo University (Japan)
  • Yusuke Ibuki, Kyoto Sangyo University (Japan)

Teflon Reputations and Glass Jaws: Managing Reputations in the Public Sphere.

Author:

  • Farah Latif, George Mason University (USA)

A World in Denial: Understanding Antecedents and Perceptual Consequences of Climate Change Denial Attitudes.

Author:

  • Arunima Krishna, Boston University (USA)

Public Reactions to CSR 2.0: A Cross-National Study on Creating Shared Values in the World of Crisis.

Authors:

  • Yi-Ru Regina Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University  (Hong Kong SAR, China)
  • Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig (Germany)
  • Chun-Ju Flora Hung-Baesecke, Massey University (New Zealend)
  • Shannon A. Bowen, University of South Carolina (USA)
  • Don W. Stacks, University of Miami (USA)
  • Ben Boyd, Edelman (USA)

Developing Participatory CSR in a Time of Distrust: Authenticity, Organizational Listening, and Dialogue.

Author:

  • Chun-Ju Flora Hung-Baesecke, Massey University (New Zealend)
15:15 - 16:15
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 3B

Chair: Ronel Rensburg

Activist groups and Public Relations functions: examples from two collapsed banks and their clients.

Authors:

  • Sónia Pedro Sebastião, University of Lisbon, (Portugal)
  • Daniela Vila Verde, University of Lisbon, (Portugal)

Headwind in sports sponsoring: the effects of crisis response messages on sponsor credibility and team credibility.

Authors:

  • Pytrik Schafraad, University of Amsterdam, (The Netherlands)
  • Joost Verhoeven, University of Amsterdam, (The Netherlands)

From promoting liberal democracy and free market to the necessity of defending them: challenges for the PR industry.

Author:

  • Ryszard Ławniczak, Military University of Technology (Poland)

The Fit To Partner Test: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Establishing Corporate and NGO Partnerships in an Uncertain World.

Authors:

  • Nicky  Garsten, University of Greenwich (UK)
  • Kevin Read, University of Greenwich (UK)
  • Caroline Diehl, INSEAD (UK)

Implications of the paracrises on the companies' stock prices

Authors:

  • Marko Selaković, S P Jain School of Global Management (U.A.E.)
  • Nikolina Ljepava, American University in the Emirates (U.A.E.)
  • Miroslav Mateev, American University in the Emirates (U.A.E.)
16:15 - 17:00
ICED TEA WITH EDITORS

Come meet the journal editors and get 15 tips on publishing your research, followed by informal Q&A.

  • Journal of Public Relations Research, Bey-Ling Sha, editor-in-chief
  • Corporate Communications: An International Journal, W. Timothy Coombs, editor
  • International Journal of Strategic Communication, Ansgar Zerfass, editor
  • Journal of Public Affairs, Danny Moss, editor
  • Journal of Communication Management, Ganga Dhanesh, co-editor
19:00 - 21:00
DINNER

at Vila Podvin in Radovljica (departure at 18.30)

Saturday 7th July

8:30 - 9:30
POSTER SESSION

Stalling the regression in human rights triggered by political polarization: The new frontier of corporate social responsibility.

Author:

  • Ganga Dhanesh, Zayed University (U.A.E)

Making PR Great Again: Global Agencies Respond to the Trump Presidency.

Authors:

  • Elina Erzikova, Central Michigan University (USA)
  • Shannon A. Bowen, University of South Carolina (USA)

Crisis narratives of #Harvey and #Irma: Conversations on Twitter and Instagram.

Authors:

  • Jeanine D. Guidry, Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)
  • Lucinda Austin, University of North Carolina (USA)
  • Seoyeon Kim, University of North Carolina (USA)
  • Baobao Song, Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)

Enacting mediatization in public sector organizations: The role of communication managers.

Authors:

  • Sandra Jacobs, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Anke Wonneberger, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Experts’ perception of the influence of cooperation between PR agencies and organization on stakeholders’ relationships – results of a Delphi study with Croatian practitioners.

Author:

  • Petra-Marija Jelčić, Agency IMC & Quadriga University of Applied Sciences (Croatia)

The Crisis Manager in Popular Crisis Management Books (PCMBs).

Authors:

  • Winni Johansen, Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Finn Frandsen, Aarhus University (Denmark)

Immigrant labor in the context of liquid modernity: An analysis of discursive strategies of Sindacato Cinese Nazionale.

Authors:

  • Zhuo Ban, University of Cincinnati (USA)
  • Alessandro Lovari, Università di Cagliari (Italy)

Co-Creating More Citizen Involvement in Mäntsälä Municipality.

Author:

  • Harri Ruoslahti, Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Jungian Brand Therapy. Could the new model help find brand solutions in a post-branding world?

Author:

  • Ira Vince, Bijeli zec d.o.o.  (Croatia)

Reflexivity on contradictions. Self-definitions of PR-people, journalists, v-/blogger and instagramer facing the climate crisis.

Author:

  • Franzisca Weder, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria)
  • Larissa Krainer, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria)

Agenda Setting in the Dialogue of Community of Human Shared Destiny.

Authors:

  • Hui (Peter) Zhang, Shanghai Polytechnic University (People's Republic of China)
  • Xialoin Zhu, Shanghai Polytechnic University (People's Republic of China)
9:30 - 10:30
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 4A

Chair: Piet Verhoeven

Erasing the limits. When companies impose themselves between State and People.

Authors:

  • Carolina Andrea Carbone, Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina)
  • Maximiliano Ortner, Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina)

How Big Is Public Relations (and Why Does It Matter)'.

Author:

  • Toni Muzi Falconi, Methodos  (Italy)
  • Frank Ovaitt, Institute for Public Relations (USA)

Managing in a volatile, complex, and ambiguous world: A systematic review of 25 years of management research in communication and public relations.

Authors:

  • Danny Moss, University of Chester (UK)
  • Barbara DeSanto, Kansas State University (USA)

Addressing academic and social neglect: Narratives of progress involving discipline disruptions, financial communication, and a new role for PR.

Author:

  • David McKie, University of Waikato (New Zealand)

Social Media Research, Measurement, Evaluation in the Public Relations Industry: A Ten-Year Longitudinal Analysis.

Author:

  • Donald K. Wright, Boston University (USA)
9:30 - 10:30
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 4B

Chair: Ryszard Ławniczak

The impact of emotional crisis communication on stakeholders’ empathy with an organization in crisis and post-crisis reputation.

Authors:

  • Lieze Schoofs, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • An-Sofie Claeys, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Climate change and urban youth crisis alertness.

Authors:

  • Gábor Sarlós, RMIT (Vietnam)
  • Zoltán Ferencz, HAS Center for Social Sciences (Hungary)

Understanding corporate values in a crisis-prone environment: A comparative study between Turkey and USA.

Authors:

  • Nilüfer Geysi, Bahcesehir University (Turkey)
  • Selin Turkel, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)
  • Ebru Uzunoglu, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)

Nonprofits and theirs communication professionals – their role in today’s world.

Authors:

  • Ana Raposo, ESCS IPL (Portugal)
  • Mafalda Eiró-Gomes, ESCS IPL (Portugal)

The intersection of Litigation, Reputation & Brand Trust: The High Cost of Low Trust

Author:

  •  Shih-Chia Wu,  Lee Woo Sing College & The Chinese University of Hong Kong  (Hong Kong SAR, China)
  • Roy Shapira, IDC Herzliya (Israel)
  • Alan Hilburg, HilburgMalan, George Mason University & University of California (USA)

 

10:30 - 10:45
COFFEE BREAK
10:45 - 11:45
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 5A

Chair: Ganga Dhanesh

PR Memes and communicators’ perceptions and reflections of PR.

Author:

  • Ana Adi, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Fake news, a construction of reality.

Author:

  • Andrej Drapal, Consensus (Slovenia)

Fake news and the crisis of public communication: How organizations are affected by false information and prepared to handle it.

Authors:

  • Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig (Germany)
  • Dejan Verčič, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Ángeles Moreno, University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
  • Piet Verhoeven, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Ralph Tench, Leeds Beckett University (UK)

Strategic Church Communication in Times of Religious Pluralism in Western Europe. Some Comparative Evidence.

Author:

  • Markus Wiesenberg, University of Leipzig (Germany)

Missing the good old days? PR in the era of online misbehavior.

Authors:

  • Deniz Maden, Ege University (Turkey)
  • Özgür Köseoğlu, Ege University (Turkey)
  • Nahit Erdem Köker, Ege University (Turkey)
10:45 - 11:45
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 5B

Chair: Ruth Avidar

Evaluating Crisis Responses on Twitter: Perspectives from Situational Crisis Communication Theory and Person-Centered.

Authors:

  • Jennifer Owlett, William Paterson University (USA)
  • Soo-Kwang Oh, Pepperdine University (USA)
  • Kyung-Hyan Yoo, William Paterson University (USA)

Adoption and Impact of Internal Social Media use in Organizations.

Authors:

  • Joost Verhoeven, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Youri Dechesne, ISM Consultancy Evolve (The Netherlands)
  • Peter Haan, ISM Consultancy Evolve (The Netherlands)
  • Maria Franken-Farag, ISM Consultancy Evolve (The Netherlands)

Real-time Social Media Engagement and Millennials’ Event Experience.

Authors:

  • Kyung-Hyan Yoo, William Paterson University (USA)
  • Gabriela Mera, Today’s Business  (USA)

Signs of trust. Investigating social media as connective enablers between municipalities and digital publics.

Authors:

  • Alessandro Lovari, University of Cagliari (Italy)
  • Letizia Materassi, University of Florence (Italy)

Social Media and Crisis Communication Practices: Ideas, Ideals and Nightmares of Our Time.

Authors:

  • Ulfet Kutoglu Kuruc, Eastern Mediterranean University (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
  • Baruck Opiyo, Eastern Mediterranean University (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
11:45 - 12:45
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 6A

Chair: Wim Elving

Public Relations for Peacebuilding: Case Study from Colombia.

Authors:

  • Ivana Monnard (Switzerland)
  • Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Purdue University (USA)

Market-oriented relations in the digital era: A study of public relations and marketing professionals in Hong Kong.

Authors:

  • Suk Chong Tong, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Hong Kong SAR, China)
  • Fanny Fong Yee Chan, Hang Seng Management College (Hong Kong SAR, China)

Turkish press coverage of the Syrian conflict and the possibilities of peace journalism.

Author:

  • Aysun Akan, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)

“The people have spoken” -  listening to the nation’s voice on corruption and state capture in South Africa.

Authors:

  • Ronel Rensburg, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Melani Prinsloo, Infusion (South Africa)
  • Andrea Gevers, Ask Africa (South Africa)
11:45 - 12:45
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 6B

Chair: Winni Johansen

How publics respond during infectious disease outbreaks: Blame and information seeking.

Authors:

  • Lucinda L. Austin, University of North Carolina (USA)
  • Brooke Fisher, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Yan Jin, University of Georgia (USA)
  • Seoyeon Kim, University of North Carolina (USA)

Public Relations and Behavioral Insights Nudging: How Grunig and Hunt’s Domino Model of Communication Effects Lies at the Center of Successful Behavioural Change.

Author:

  • Terence (Terry) Flynn, McMaster University (Canada)

Supporting the evolution of emancipative values: a new purpose for public relations.

Author:

  • Piet Verhoeven, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Model of Strategic Public Relations – MSPR: the role of PR in a VUCA world.

Author:

  • Susana de Carvalho Spinola, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Challenges in enhancing disaster communication through spontaneous stakeholder communicative self-organisation.

Authors:

  • Tanja Le Roux, Bournemouth University (UK)
  • Dewald van Niekerk, North-West University (South Africa)
12:45 - 14:15
LUNCH
14:15 - 15:00
PARALLEL PANEL SESSION 2A

What university student leaders expect for practicing PR in a turbulent world, and how global networking can assist their needs

  • Andrew Cook, PRSSA & Brigham Young University (USA)
  • Jan Jamšek, Student Section of Slovenian Marketing Association & University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Carolina Falcão, UFAM & Federal Justice of Amazonas (Brasil)
  • Daniel Ziegele, Leipzig University (Germany)

Moderator: Robert Wakefield, Brigham Young University (USA)

14:15 - 15:00
PARALLEL PANEL SESSION 2B

PR measurement & evaluation: the compass to navigate a VUCA (volatile / uncertain / complex / ambiguous) world – and providing users with the skills to use it.

  • Iliya Krustev, A Data Pro (Bulgaria)
  • Hans Ruijgers, KWR Watercycle Research Institute (The Netherlands)
  • Fraser Likely, Likely Communication Strategies (Canada)

Moderator: Ana Adi, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences (Germany) & Thomas Stoeckle, The SmallDataForum (Germany)

15:00 - 16:00
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 7A

Chair: Finn Frandsen

How actors shape issue arenas on Twitter: Food issues in the Netherlands.

Authors:

  • Sandra Jacobs, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • I.R. Hellsten, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Anke Wonneberger, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

NGOs’ visibility in conflict news coverage – on the relevance of evidence-based communication.

Authors:

  • Marc Jungblut, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (Germany)
  • Romy Fröhlich, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (Germany)

Effects of Astroturfing in Non-Profit Organizations: Two Competing Hypotheses.

Authors:

  • Loarre Andreu Perez, University of Oklahoma (USA)
  • Bugil Chang, University of Oklahoma (USA)

The role and impact of Public Relations on enhancing the visibility of non-profit organisations. Case study: foundation "Croatia for children".

Authors:

  • Nataša Cesarec Salopek, IMC (Croatia)
  • Mirela Polić, IMC (Croatia)
15:00 - 16:00
PARALLEL PAPER SESSION 7B

Chair: Betteke van Ruler

Managing Reputational Costs Via Internal Issues Management: Testing the Effects of Employees’ Issues Perceptions and Informational Leak.

Authors:

  • Katie Haejung Kim, University of Oklahoma (USA)
  • Yeunjae Lee, Purdue University (USA)
  • Jeong-Nam Kim, , University of Oklahoma (USA)

PR and society: The generative power of history in the present and future.

Authors:

  • Julia Jahansoozi, Royal Roads University (Canada)
  • Virginia McKendry, Royal Roads University (Canada)

Renegotiating the non-social license to operate: Natural gas extraction from goldmine to controversial business.

Authors:

  • Wim J.L. Elving, Hanze U. of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
  • Roel van Veen, Hanze U. of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
  • Julliette Jansz, Hanze U. of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
  • Carina Wiekens, Hanze U. of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)

Crisis communication consulting: The (new) role of PR agencies in solving organizational crises.

Authors:

  • Damir Jugo, Edward Bernays College of Communication Management (Croatia)
  • Ivan Pakozdi, Edward Bernays College of Communication Management (Croatia)
  • Zdeslav Milas, Edward Bernays College of Communication Management (Croatia)
16:00 - 16:30
CLOSING SESSION

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Dejan Verčič, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Ana Tkalac Verčič, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Purdue University (USA)

19:00 - 21:00
DINNER

at Gostilna Krištof in Predoselje (departure at 18.30)