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CorpCom Seminar by W. Timothy Coombs

When a Crisis becomes a Scandal: The Scansis and Crisis Communication

2018.02.05 | Merete Elmann

Date Wed 21 Feb
Time 13:00 14:30
Location Room 2628-M303, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at 13:00 in room 2628-M303, Prof. W. Timothy Coombs from Texas A&M University, will give a seminar entitled:

When a Crisis becomes a Scandal: The Scansis and Crisis Communication

Everyone is welcome!


Scandal is a term that is used across a variety of fields including political science, history, literature, and crisis communication. Its use in crisis communication has been problematic because researchers frequently equate scandal and crisis as being two words for the same concept.  Crisis and scandal are distinct but related terms. Scandals, for example, are socially constructed and form around some moral violation. While also socially constructed, crises do not require a moral violation. This talk explores how a crisis evolves into a scandal or what is termed a scansis. A scansis creates unique communicative challenges because it is being a unique form of crisis related to appraisals of injustice and greed. The talk will discuss the triadic appraisal associated with a scansis and the implications for post-scansis communication. 

Timothy Coombs is the originator of the widely recognized Situational Crisis Communication Theory (SCCT). He is the (co)author of more than 10 books, including Ongoing Crisis Communication (4th ed., 2015) and Managing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Communication Approach (2012); the co-editor of several handbooks, including Handbook of Crisis Communication (2010). He has published more than 90 international journal articles and book chapters, and he is the editor of Corporate Communications: An International Journal.

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