The art of strategic improvisation: A professional concept for contemporary communication managers
Summary, in English
Design/methodology/approach: The concept is developed in a collaborative project between a major Swedish communications agency and a university scholar. The empirical foundation consists of 25 qualitative interviews with a strategic selection of successful communication professionals, identified as typical strategic improvisers.
Findings: An analysis of the interviews led to 11 defining patterns or themes typical for strategic improvisation and strategic improvisers. The interviews and the theoretical framework is the foundation of a communication model. Strategic improvisation is defined as a situational interpretation within a given framework. The model has three interconnected parts: a clear framework (composition), a professional interpretation (interpretation) and a situational adaptation based on given possibilities and conditions (improvisation).
Research limitations/implications: This is not a peer reviewed paper, but a paper in the section “In Practice,” directed toward communication professionals.
Originality/value: The ideas and model are connected to theories of improvisation, especially in music, which is rare in the field of communication management, and developed in a collaborative project between practice and research.
- Institutionen för strategisk kommunikation
Journal of Communication Management
Artikel i tidskrift
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
- Social Sciences
- Communication Studies
- Communication practitioner
- Communication strategy, Communication management, Communication practitioner
- Best practice
- Communication management
- ISSN: 1363-254X