MGTA35H3 Lecture Notes - Threat Assessment, David Caplan, Ehealth Ontario
ProfessorHugh Mac Donald
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Lecture6-Communication when things go wrong! (Dale Stanway)
1. What is a crisis?
Crises = "specific, unexpected, and non-routine events or series of events that [create] high
levels of uncertainty and threat or perceived threat to an organization's high priority goals”.
3 characteristics are that the event is :
1. unexpected (i.e., a surprise)
2. creates uncertainty
3. is seen as a threat to important goals.
Crisis communication can be broadly defined as the exchange of information before, during, or
after a crisis event (as defined above).
Crisis Management = sometimes considered a sub-specialty of the public relations profession
that is designed to protect and defend an individual, company, or organization facing a public
challenge to its reputation.
These challenges may come in the form of an investigation from a government agency, a
criminal allegation, a media inquiry, a shareholders lawsuit, a violation of environmental
regulations, or any of a number of other scenarios involving the legal, ethical, or financial
standing of the entity.
When … reputation comes under attack, protecting and defending it becomes the highest
priority. This is particularly true in today’s 24 hour news cycle, fuelled by government
investigations, Congressional or parliamentary hearings, lawsuits, and "gotcha journalism".
When events like these happen, the media firestorm can quickly overwhelm the ability of the
entity to effectively respond to the demands of the crisis. To emerge with its reputation intact,
an organization must anticipate every move and respond immediately and with confidence.
Crisis communication can include crafting thorough and compelling statements, known as
“messages,” often tested by research and polling.
Crisis communication = a part of larger process referred to as crisis management though it may
well be a major tool of handling a crisis situation in government, organization or business.
2. What does a crisis look like?
Miracle on Hudson (twitter-emergency response team-live individual video-1.5 hrs later the
airline spokesperson speaks)
Listeriosis: Last summer, 22 people died and hundreds more fell ill after eating contaminated
deli meats linked to a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto. CBC News
50 day labour dispute
註解 [Tammy1]: CEO of Canada’s
-Not a lot of time to prepare for
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