Leading (in) Communications? An Empirical Analysis of the German Situation in PR Managers' and Executive Education

COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY. THE DIFFICULT PATH FROM CLASSICAL PUBLIC RELATIONS TO GENUINE MODERN COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT, Sievert, H. & Bell, D. eds., pp. 220-232, G├╝tersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2008

13 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009 Last revised: 16 Mar 2010

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Holger Sievert

Macromedia University; Technische Universitaet Munchen (TUM); University of Cambridge; Institute for Public Relations

Arne Westermann

Westermann Kommunikation

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

As PR increasingly becomes part of general management, it is ever more important that PR professionals are well trained as leaders. But just how qualified are these professionals to lead organizations? Based in part on the authors' own research, this article analyses the current situation regarding the skills and qualifications of both PR professionals and more general managers in Germany. It goes on to make recommendations for how curricula should change, and how these two disciplines can and must learn from each other as they grow ever closer to one another.

Keywords: management, PR, education, training, Germany

JEL Classification: I20, M0, M53

Suggested Citation

Sievert, Holger and Westermann, Arne, Leading (in) Communications? An Empirical Analysis of the German Situation in PR Managers' and Executive Education (2008). COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY. THE DIFFICULT PATH FROM CLASSICAL PUBLIC RELATIONS TO GENUINE MODERN COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT, Sievert, H. & Bell, D. eds., pp. 220-232, G├╝tersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1371681

Holger Sievert (Contact Author)

Macromedia University ( email )

Head of Media School
Bruederstr. 17
Cologne, 50667
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.hochschule-macromedia.de/pr

Technische Universitaet Munchen (TUM)

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Munich, 88045
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.communicate-program.de

University of Cambridge

Churchill College
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Cambridge, CB3 0DS
United Kingdom

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Institute for Public Relations

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Arne Westermann

Westermann Kommunikation ( email )

Ehrenfeldstr. 34
Bochum, 44795
Germany
+49-234-3253142 (Phone)
+49-234-2987075 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.w-komm.de

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