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Howard Nothhaft

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A Framework for Strategic Communication Research : A Call for Synthesis and Consilience

Författare

  • Howard Nothhaft

Summary, in English

This essay suggests that the conceptualization of strategic communication as a field uniting several disciplines was an important step forward, but progress in absolute terms has been disappointing so far. Individual researchers open up new avenues of exploration and regularly arrive at answers to questions internally consistent with their respective perspectives. But the body of reasonably verified scientific knowledge that goes substantially beyond common sense remains underdeveloped. The author argues that biologist Edward O. Wilson identified the key characteristic of progressing fields correctly as consilience, i.e., the commitment to the unity of knowledge from physics to chemistry to biology and beyond: “a seamless web of cause and effect.” The article proposes that strategic communications research follow Wilson’s program, as other disciplines have done. For the field to mature, leading researchers need to work towards a consilient synthesis, i.e., a theoretical framework that contains nonrelativistic conjectures about the world which form a nucleus for research to accumulate around. It is furthermore necessary to reconnect strategic communication research to the rapidly progressing and highly relevant hybrid disciplines such as cognitive science and evolutionary psychology.

Avdelning/ar

  • Institutionen för strategisk kommunikation

Publiceringsår

2016-03-14

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

69-86

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

International Journal of Strategic Communication

Volym

10

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Ämne

  • Communication Studies

Nyckelord

  • Consilience
  • Strategic Communication
  • Epistemology

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1553-118X