Are we there yet? - En route to professionalism

Show simple item record Meyer, Andrea L. Leonard, Anne 2016-02-10T07:57:49Z 2016-02-10T07:57:49Z 2014-06
dc.description.abstract The debate on the professional status of Communication Management/Public relations1has been high on the worldwide agenda for decades. While previous research has focusedon the criteria for professionalism in this field, practitioners and academics often questionthe efforts of professional associations to adequately address the issue of implementingsystems to facilitate professional status. The emergence of the Global Alliance for PublicRelations and Communication Management (GA) as an umbrella body for various regionalprofessional associations, as well as the increased emphasis on regulation, standards andgovernance in all spheres of the global business environment, have led to renewed ques-tions about global efforts to achieve professional status for this field. This study focused onthe goals and actions of member associations of the GA in relation to the question of profes-sional status. In order to understand the current state of affairs an exploratory qualitativeapproach was followed in which member associations were surveyed and their websitesreviewed. The fact that fewer than half of the 27 member associations responded to thesurvey suggests that a study about this matter is not deemed particularly important and/orthat the issue of professional status is not widely pursued. However, the associations thatparticipated in this study agree that professional status is important. The study has alsofound that many similarities exist across continents in terms of the mechanisms utilizedto achieve professional status. Codes of ethics, contributions to a body of the knowledgeand the provision of professional training opportunities are regarded as quite importantwhile divergent viewpoints exist in relation to issues like accreditation and a standardizedtertiary curriculum. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Meyer, AL & Leonard, A 2014, 'Are we there yet? - En route to professionalism', Public Relations Review, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 375-386. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0363-8111 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1873-4537 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.pubrev.2013.11.012
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Public Relations Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Public Relations Review, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 375-386, 2014. doi : 10.1016/j.pubrev.2013.11.012. en_ZA
dc.subject Professional status en_ZA
dc.subject Professional associations en_ZA
dc.subject Professionalism en_ZA
dc.subject Stockholm Accords en_ZA
dc.subject Global Alliance for PublicRelations and Communication Management (GA) en_ZA
dc.title Are we there yet? - En route to professionalism en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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