Trends in Communication Ethics and Communicators’ Blindness to Ethical Issues

Lecture 3 - NORA online Lecture Series


An Online Lecture Series Exploring Trends in the Communication Profession from a Nordic Perspective

All organizations face increasing demands for contributing to solving societal and environmental problems. As a result, the way organizations communicate and engage with their stakeholders is rapidly changing. Sustainable organizational performance and success is dependent not only on managers’ ability to understand how they relate to their organizations but also on their understanding of the impact of their personal communication along with that of their organization, both internally and externally.  In this sense, management and communication are natural allies.

In this lecture series we explore current trends in the communication profession with an emphasis on managerial and Nordic perspectives. The lectures will provide research-based insights on key strategic issues such as sustainable development and CSR, communication ethics, crisis management as well as managing social expectations at the interface between organizations and their stakeholders.

The Nordic Alliance for Communication & Management (#NORA) is a cross-disciplinary research group exploring communication as a strategic driver of sustainable organizational performance and success in a changing world. #NORA brings together leading communication managers in the Nordic region with researchers from communication and management disciplines to identify emerging trends and topics, build new research-based knowledge, and shape the debate in the Nordic countries. Follow #NORA on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn


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Lecture 3: Trends in Communication Ethics and Communicators’ Blindness to Ethical Issues
- 18 September 2020, 11:30-12:30 (CET)

Panelists: Prof Jesper Falkheimer (Lund University) & Dr. Suzanne van Gils (BI Norwegian Business School) including leading CCO/practitioners.

Jesper Falkheimer (Ph.D.) is Professor at Department of Strategic Communication, Lund University, Sweden, and Professor II at Kristiana University College, Oslo, Norway. His research interests are strategic communication in general, and more specific, crisis communication, public relations, communication management, terrorism and place branding. Since several years he has combined research with university management positions and is now Executive Director for Division for Research, Collaboration and Innovation at Lund University, after six years as Rector for Campus Helsingborg. He is Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Communication Management, Honorary Fellow at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an executive board member of one of the major communication agencies in Sweden. He is the author and co-author of over 115 publications. He is co-editor (main editors Robert Heath and Winni Johansen) for International Encyklopedia of Strategic Communication (2018, Wiley), and recently published the textbook Strategic Communication: an Introduction (with M. Heide, Routledge).

Suzanne van Gils (Ph.D.) is a lecturer in management communication and ethics. Her research interests focus on (im)moral behavior in organizations, identity processes, and leader-employee interactions. Recent projects focus among others on ethical leadership communication and meaningful work. Before joining BI in 2019, Suzanne has worked as an assistant professor at Maastricht University, and as a post-doctoral research fellow at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. She earned her PhD at Rotterdam School of Management. Suzanne has published in top tier journals such as Human Relations, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Business ethics.

Practical information

  • Time:Friday, 18 September 2020 11:30 - 12:30
  • Place:Zoom
  • Contact:Sara Linvåg Næss (


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Lecture 4: Expectation Management for Corporate Communicators
- 2 November 2020, 17:00-18:00 (CET)

Panelists: Prof Gregor Halff (Copenhagen Business School), Prof Vilma Luoma-aho (Jyväskylä University) including leading CCO/practitioners

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Lecture 5: Crisis Management and Crisis Communication – A Nordic Dimension?
- 19 November 2020, 11:30-12:30 (CET)

Panelists: Prof Finn Frandsen, Prof Winni Johansen, (Aarhus University) & Prof Jesper Falkheimer (Lund University) including leading CCO/practitioners

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Sara Linvåg Næss: