Kelly Page Werder and Diana Ingenhoff

Social responsibility to social advocacy: A multicultural analysis of CSR communication effects

Organizations are increasingly taking a public stance on social issues. Whether voluntarily or by force, planned or by accident, business is moving beyond classic bottom-line driven corporate social responsibility (CSR) to social advocacy that promotes the political and social agendas of corporations and their dominant coalitions.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Open call research proposals have international flavor

The Arthur W. Page Center awarded 21 grants totaling about $79,000 this past summer to foster novel research, which will reveal what corporate social responsibility looks like to corporate communicators and regular citizens around the world.

Adrian Edwards, Peter Laufer and Colleen Connolly-Ahern at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco

Connolly-Ahern discusses refugee communications with AEJMC conference panel

Data show that instead of telling the stories of real people in need, common narratives focus on the mass population as a bane of society and a detriment to the refugees’ new countries. Colleen Connolly-Ahern hopes the new research will help change that.

Shannon A. Bowen

Exploring ethical culture for internal stakeholders: Top-Down Authenticity and the Role of the CCO

Page-funded research indicates that ethical tone starts at the top. An authentic leadership style means displaying ethical genuineness in terms of thoughtful integrity. Although the role of ethics is extremely visible in the CEO, the top public relations executive (or CCO) has a crucial role to play.

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Legacy Scholar Grants

Support for scholars and professionals making important contributions to ethics and responsibility in public communication.

Glasses resting on a Mac Book Air computer


Resources for teaching and research on corporate communication ethics and responsibility topics.

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Sustainability Communications Initiative (SCI)

Research that highlights best practices in sustainability communication across disciplines.