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Innovations in Communication: Building Beliefs


Innovations in Communication: Building Beliefs

Madrid, April 9, 2014. Building Beliefs Project and the inter-University platform, launched by Corporate Excellence jointly with the Forum for Research in Communication, was presented yesterday within the framework of the Conference on Innovations in Communication. 

The project draws on the theoretical framework titled Building Belief, which was translated into Spanish as Compartir Creencias (Shared Beliefs), developed by Arthur W. Page Society in 2012. The project unites more than 60 scholars who will fill the model with content both on the theoretical and practical levels by applying its findings to business practice.

Corporate Excellence cooperates with Arthur W. Page Society, one of the largest associations of communications directors in the USA, to promote the new model of communication in Spanish-speaking countries, and the team of academics will help us in this endeavour. This is a unique initiative, because for the first time different Universities join forces to create synergies and work together.

Research will follow 6 major lines: the model’s application on the institutional level, corporate level, in the digital context, small and medium businesses, NPOs and Universities.

In a nutshell, the new model aims to create a strong and unique identity able to differentiate a company and be relevant for stakeholders, resulting in a system of shared beliefs and identification that encourage action and allow key stakeholders of an organization voluntarily share these beliefs and actively recommend products, services and the organization itself to members of their network. This means that communication is driven by stakeholders, who become true “ambassadors” of products, services and the organization.

Instead of trying to persuade, this communication model aims to unleash the powerful influence of stakeholders’ favourable attitudes and behaviours towards the company.

The Conference on Innovations in Communication was a great opportunity to hear coordinators of different research lines talking about the progress that has already been made. A round table discussion held by business leaders as part of the conference showed that Spanish companies do their best meet the challenge of the new informational ecosystem, where they come under permanent careful scrutiny of stakeholders.

Elena Gutiérrez, Deputy Director of the Master in Political and Corporate Communication, Professor at the Navarra University and coordinator of the institutional research line, presented her project Institutions’ Relations with their Stakeholders: Analysis of Reciprocal Influence. David Alameda, Professor at the Salamanca Pontifical University and coordinator of the work group for the model’s application on the corporate level, presented the project Discourse Contexts in Formulating Intangibles. Configuration and Management of Shared Beliefs. Carlos Rey, Professor at the International University of Catalonia and Director of the Department of Leadership Management and Corporate Governance, involved in the same research line, presented his project titled Using DpM Index in the Evaluation Process, which measures employees’ alignment with the company’s mission. This measurement tool has been used by 150 companies over the last few years. The model’s application in the digital context was presented by Leopoldo Seijas from CEU San Pablo University.

The round table discussion for business leaders featured three brilliant examples of defining identity in organizations:

Silvia Agulló, Business Responsibility and Reputation Director at DKV Medical Insurance, talked about The Methodology of a Dialogue with Stakeholders. It is an example of dreaming about what you want to be and transforming the dream into reality through building a relationship with stakeholders.

Eduardo Puig de la Bellacasa, Director for Stakeholder Engagement at Telefónica, talked about Digital Strategies for Engaging Stakeholders and highlighted the digital economy’s potential for maximizing the power of identity, enabling organizations to deliver its corporate message immediately to a large number of stakeholders.  

Ignacio Villoch, Responsible for Innovation Activities and Events at BBVA, presented BBVA’s Centre for Innovation and described how the bank uses this symbolic space to generate interesting content for its stakeholders based on its identity and able to trigger conversations then spread “virally” by those who associate the concept of innovation with the brand itself. >Juan Benavides, a UCM Professor who established the Forum for Research in Communication 14 years ago, and Ángel Alloza, CEO of Corporate Excellence – Centre for Reputation Leadership, hosted and moderated the conference, which for the 16th time provides platform for discussing trends and developments in the area.