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Apology as Crisis Communication Strategy-Importance of Cultural Context

Želimir Kešetović ; Faculty of Security Studies, Belgrade, R. Serbia
Ivan Toth ; University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica, Croatia
Nedžad Korajlić ; University of Sarajevo, Faculty for Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Puni tekst: engleski pdf 80 Kb

str. 171-178

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One of the frequently used strategies in crisis management, i.e. crisis communication used by organizations affected by crisis is public apology for the crisis. Usually it is lightly considered as a strategy which automatically gives results and reduces the effects of crisis, which is far from true. The effectiveness of public apology depends on an entire series of factors such as the nature of crisis, place, time and manner in which the public apology is given and the addressed target public. Wrongly given apology may cause serious counter-effects. Particularly great significance lies on the cultural factors. No function of communication includes more tragic intercultural misunderstandings with more negative consequences than an apology given in a wrong way. Using a form of apology which is not in accordance with the cultural patterns of those to whom it has been addressed, the apology may jeopardize reconciliation, strengthen the resentment, prolong hostilities and additionally complicate resolving of the crisis.

Ključne riječi

crisis, crisis communication, apology, cultural context

Hrčak ID:

121034

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/121034

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