The purpose of this article is to propose a definition of internal communication based on intangible resources rather than organizational boundaries. The paper reviews the Resource-Based Theory of the company, the Constructivist Theory of communication, and the Situational Theory of publics. It then proposes a Resource Model of internal communication based on interactive processes aimed at creating two catalytic resources for organizing: knowledge and allegiance. The field research explores whether this model captures the concept of internal communication prevailing in business, based on interviews with 10 internal communication managers in Italian companies. Findings show that the companies in this study display a strong awareness of how intangible resources, such as knowledge and employee attitudes, contribute to the company's success. Consequently, they seek to promote active communication behaviours among employees. The Resource Model depicts many characteristics of the way managers currently perceive internal communication. The research highlights that the main function of internal communication departments is no longer to transmit messages but to promote active communication behaviours at all organizational levels. The paper suggests a definition of internal communication that would help to generate the intangible resources that fuel organizations: knowledge and allegiance. It supports a new focus on active communication behaviours of employees.
|Titolo:||Promoting active communication behaviours through internal communication|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1108/13563281011068096|
|Nome editore:||Emerald Group Publishing Ltd|
|Citazione:||Promoting active communication behaviours through internal communication, 2010.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|