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Responding to Complexity with Humility: A Systems-oriented Approach to Strategic Communication

Khan, Zaid (2020) Responding to Complexity with Humility: A Systems-oriented Approach to Strategic Communication. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Khan, Zaid

Systemic design has emerged as both a theory and a practice that integrates design thinking and systems thinking to work with complex issues. It acts as a platform for design disciplines to develop and evolve according to the scope of complexity that needs to be addressed.

This Major Research Project (MRP) looks at how systemic design influences an organization’s communication practice. It explores how the practice of strategic communication – the planned process of delivering a relevant message to a specific audience to achieve an objective – can be adapted to help organizations better reflect and respond to the real-world complexity of their issues (wicked problems) and stakeholders.

Using a case study focused on the Canadian news media ecosystem, a strategic communication plan is developed to reflect and respond to the interconnected problems and stakeholders across business, technology, regulatory, and cultural contexts.

The paper identifies the first set of learnings on how the principles of systemic design can inform the development of “systems communications” and how this practice is distinguished from strategic communication. It offers future research areas to explore systems communications further and discover the potential value for organizations.

Date: September 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: systemic design, strategic communication, systems thinking, news media, systems communications
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 16:39
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3115

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