Organisational culture and its influence on strategy in local media

O'Hara, S. (2016) Organisational culture and its influence on strategy in local media. In: MeCCSA 2016 Annual Conference, 6th-8th January, 2016, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. (Unpublished)

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This paper is concerned with understanding organisational culture within local news media organisations. It explores the conflict faced by local news organisations between community values and commercial imperatives. The paper considers how cultural beliefs within organisations shape strategic decisions and is based on the theoretical approach that the cultural paradigm of an organisation shapes its future strategies in the digital age.

The analysis is based on an empirical study carried out in the county of Kent in the south east of England. The research involves case study analysis of media organisations; comprising data gathered from interviews with stakeholders working for the media organisations, company data and observational data. Interviews participants were recruited across organisations in commercial, journalistic and support roles to develop insight into cultural differences. The theoretical approach is not to compare and contrast the organisations but to give insight into how different legacy elements, management and ownership models have shaped the organisations digital transformation and strategies today.

A key emerging finding from the analysis is that organisational culture is a useful concept to understand changes and strategies of local news media organisations during the last decade as it reveals conflict between the need to serve the local community versus the commercial imperative to reduce costs. The paper is concerned with how stakeholders have adopted digital elements alongside legacy practices to offer a new way of delivering local news content across numerous platforms whilst still serving the local community.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
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Depositing User: Sarah O'Hara
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016 11:19

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