Three types of communication on internal social media: Findings from two explorative studies of coworkers as communicators

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  • Vibeke Thøis Madsen
The aim of this paper is to explore to what extend internal social media introduces a new kind of participatory communication in organizations. The paper is based on two explorative studies: A multiple case study in ten Danish organizations and a single case study in a Danish bank. Based on the two studies it is proposed that it is possible to distinguish between three different types of communication arenas created by internal social media: A quiet arena, a knowledge sharing arena and a participatory communication arena. Internal social media does not in itself introduce participatory communication. Different levels of communication might be reached in different types of organizations, and it is only when coworkers perceive a license to critique that organizations will actually develop participatory communication that has the ability to move the organization.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventCCI Conference : International Conference in Corporate Communication - Baruch College , New York, United States
Duration: 6 Jun 20179 Jun 2017


ConferenceCCI Conference
LocationBaruch College
CountryUnited States
CityNew York

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