Perception, reflection and communication: an empirical case study within the pharmaceutical industry

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Ulrich, Georges, Sachs, Sybille and Millett, Bruce. 2010. "Perception, reflection and communication: an empirical case study within the pharmaceutical industry." Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society. 10 (4), pp. 432-444. https://doi.org/10.1108/14720701011069669
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Perception, reflection and communication: an empirical case study within the pharmaceutical industry

ERA Journal ID33018
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsUlrich, Georges (Author), Sachs, Sybille (Author) and Millett, Bruce (Author)
Journal TitleCorporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society
Journal Citation10 (4), pp. 432-444
Number of Pages13
Year2010
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1472-0701
1758-6054
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/14720701011069669
Web Address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/14720701011069669/full/html
Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to show how instruments of empirical opinion research can help to provide a basis for interactive communication between a company and its stakeholders via the media, so that important issues can be identified and discussed internally and externally. By doing this, the company can actively participate in the process of forming public opinion and building trust.

Design/methodology/approach – Concentrating on the company of Pfizer, in order to acquire a comprehensive view, an empirical analysis of the opinions of those stakeholders mentioned in Pfizer's vision was conducted. In a first step, a content analysis of the Pfizer web site, two representative computer-aided telephone interviews (CATI) surveys with the Swiss public, a content analysis over a period of two years of the five most important daily newspapers, and interviews with the top management team of Pfizer Switzerland were carried out. In a second step, the findings of the analysis were reflected on in a workshop with Pfizer's top management team.

Findings – The role of the media was recognised for its function for informing, and as a platform for initiating dialogues in appropriate areas of interaction. But it was also obvious that the reports published by the media, and the actual perception of the population, were distinctly different. In this realm, opinion research in its function of objectifying information makes a significant contribution to the ability to reflect on the actual situation.

Originality/value – The knowledge of the opinions of the relevant stakeholders based on a high standard of empirical data and the self-reflection by senior management of its own beliefs provide an additional foundation for stakeholder-oriented communication.

Keywordscommunication; opinion polls; stakeholders; trust
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
350604. Marketing communications
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline Affiliationsgfs.bern, Switzerland
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
School of Management and Marketing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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