Communications Trend Radar

Megatrends such as growing digital connectivity, individualization and globalization have already had an important impact on corporate communications. But which trends will be relevant in the future? The Communications Trend Radar reveals new topics and trends in the fields of technology, management, media and communications which will be of particular relevance for companies and corporate communications in the coming years. It will help communication managers to identify emerging challenges and opportunities at an early stage, enabling them to form an opinion, address issues and make decisions. The Trend Radar also presents possible implications and various applications.

  • Research period: starting 2020
  • Scientific lead Leipzig University: Prof. Ansgar Zerfaß, Daniel Ziegele
  • Scientific lead University of Duisburg-Essen: Prof. Stefan Stieglitz, Florian Brachten

 

Goals

The Communications Trend Radar identifies and selects trends from neighboring disciplines (e.g. information technology, sociology, strategy research) that could be relevant for corporate communications as well as topics emerging in business schools and among management consultants. The goals are:

  • To condense the vast number of new topics and emerging discussions into the most relevant trends for communication leaders.
  • To show the opportunities and risks for corporate communications which are not yet being discussed in the industry.
  • To identify relevant questions for research on corporate communications earlier than in the past.
  • To generate new ideas and valuable impulses for the international discussion on strategic communication.

 

Approach

The Communications Trend Radar will identify trends from three areas whose developments and innovations have a particular influence on corporate communications:

  • Technology: technological developments that have a potential impact on corporate communications and whose significance is not yet discussed by communicators (e.g. robotics, blockchain and digital twins).
  • Management: trends in strategic management and organizational design in order to enable communication managers to follow current discussions with top management and management consultants as well as to assess their relevance (e.g. gig economy, continuous performance management and gamification).
  • Media/Communication: trends that emerge in public communication and opinion making and that lead to changing stakeholder and customer behavior (e.g. automated content, media platforms and non-linear media consumption). 

Sources 

By looking at scientific journals, conference proceedings, international journals, studies of management and technology consultancies, and by conducting a systematic analysis of social media, the research team will collect, select and systematize trends for corporate communication leaders. Based on this, the Trend Radar will be created.

Our corporate partners can use the content provided in various situations, e.g. in internal strategy workshops with the communication management team, at board presentations or industry events.

Specific trends may be further developed in in-depth publications, webinars and workshops. Our corporate partners will be actively involved in selecting the topics to be focused on. Thus, they will have the opportunity to shape the future of corporate communications research.