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J. Grunig's asymmetrical and symmetrical models of public relations: contrasting features and ethical dimensions

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1 Author(s)
Childers, L. ; Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA

Issues surrounding the ethics and social responsibility of public relations are addressed through a discussion of J. Grunig's (1987) distinction between asymmetrical and symmetric organizational communication. His development of a research tradition for public relations is examined with particular attention given to conceptualizing organizations as political systems and exploring the contrasting presuppositions of asymmetrical and symmetrical models. Symmetrical presuppositions are presented as an ethical and effective framework for public relations theory

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Jun 1989

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