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The communicative constitution of adaptive capacity during Sweden’s Västmanland wildfire
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6645-2980
2018 (English)In: Corporate Communications. An International Journal, ISSN 1356-3289, E-ISSN 1758-6046, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 162-179Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explain how adaptive capacity is accomplished through communication processes and can contribute to enhancing disaster resilience. The authors adopt a structurational “four flows” explanation of communication processes. Design/methodology/approach: The authors observed and analyzed discourse in meetings of a crisis communication network consisting of representatives of municipalities and public authorities involved in crisis communication management during the Västmanland wildfire in Sweden. Findings: Adaptive capacity during the wildfire was principally accomplished through the structurational communication processes or “flows” of self-structuring, activity coordination, and institutional positioning. These flows intersected demonstrating how communication accomplishes the development of a responsive affiliation, organizes stabilizing structuring practices, and enables adaptive structuring practices. Research limitations/implications: The main contribution of this study is a communicative explanation for adaptive capacity, which draws from a structurational model of constitutive communication, and lends further understanding to improvisation during disasters. Practical implications: The authors discuss the findings in relation to improvisation, suggesting how the findings can inform future coordinated crisis communication for the public and news media. The recommendations address how practitioners might build a responsive affiliation, use minimal structures (e.g. communication practices), and maintain flexibility by introducing group reflexivity behaviors. Originality/value: The authors provide new theoretical and empirical knowledge of the communicative constitution of adaptive capacity during a disaster. 

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2018. Vol. 23, no 2, p. 162-179
Keywords [en]
Adaptive capacity, Communicative constitution of organization, Four flows CCO, Resilience
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33391DOI: 10.1108/CCIJ-04-2017-0031ISI: 000428167500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044278454OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33391DiVA, id: diva2:1194463
Available from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2018-04-03 Last updated: 2018-05-07Bibliographically approved

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