Public Relations in Asia Pacific: Communicating Effectively Across Cultures

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 3, 2009 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
Public Relations in Asia Pacific reflects the growing professionalism in the practice of public relations in the world’s fastest expanding economy. It is a carefully drawn road map, both strategically and tactically, for all manner of entities, for profit and not-for-profit on how to establish and maintain effective relationships with their numerous stakeholders. Particularly insightful are the many examples of public relations in action within the Asia Pacific region. It’s a “must” read for those interested in public relations careers and those new to the profession; and it’s a first-rate refresher for the established professional.
Harold Burson, Founding Chairman, Burson-Marsteller Worldwide

Mary Devereux and Anne Peirson-Smith have combined their considerable talents and experience to produce a bible of how public relations is—and should be—practiced in the Asia Pacific. One of its many virtues is that it debunks the myth that PR is just one long lunch hosted by caricature Svengalis and Spin Doctors. Rather, it sets the profession in a cultural context that will be valuable to those starting at PR 101, professionals and corporate executives who want to know how truth can be well told (with all due credit to McCann Erickson).
Kerry McGlynn, Special Adviser, Corporate Communication Department, Cathay Pacific Airways

As greater social pluralism, stakeholder influence and internet driven consumer sophistication and empowerment grow relentlessly across nearly all Asian societies, Public Relations in Asia Pacific is a timely guide to the critical role of good public relations. Clear, helpful and with a wealth of good examples of how best practice PR in action can make real and tangible contributions to governments, businesses, NGOs as well as to ordinary people, this is essential reading for anyone concerned with how to communicate well in the world’s fastest growing economic region.
Tim Sutton, Chairman Asia Pacific, Weber Shandwick

In an increasingly globalized world, public relations practices and strategies become critical for organizations to communicate effectively to their diverse audiences worldwide. This book is therefore an extremely timely and relevant contribution to PR students and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region as it provides not only a comprehensive overview of the essential concepts and skills of public relations but also specific case studies which illustrate tactical uses of public relations across a wide range of issues and countries. In my opinion, this book fills a major gap in the understanding of public relations concepts and practices and will constitute a fundamental resource for all those who aspire to excel within the field.
Dr. Indrajit Banerjee, Secretary-General, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)


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Connecting with the Media
Building and Defending Corporate Reputation
Marketing to Asia Pacific Consumers and Businesses
The Role of Public Affairs in Asia Pacific
Managing Issues and Communicating in a Crisis
Talking to Ourselves
Corporations Taking Responsibility
The Big ThreeInvestor Relations Healthcare
The Digital Generation
Youll Never Walk Alone
Measuring Achievement
Future Trends for Public Relations in Asia Pacific

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Mary Devereux is one of Asia Pacific's most acclaimed public relations professionals. She has worked with public relations consultancies for 22 years, 18 of these in Asia Pacific, and is now International Vice President, overseeing marketing and communications, for New York Life International in Asia. During her career Mary has held senior roles with international consultancy, Burson-Marsteller, where she was most recently Managing Director Asia Pacific, and with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Hong Kong and Korea. While a consultant she worked for global household names across all fields of public relations, including corporate, marketing, financial, healthcare, and technology communications. She is also an expert in crisis communications and has provided consultancy on some of Asia's most prominent corporate crises in recent years. Mary holds a Masters in Public Relations from the University of Stirling, UK, and is the author of the Asian PR Handbook.

Anne Peirson-Smith is a rare blend of academic and professional. She began her career in public affairs with the Saatchi group and Burson-Marsteller before moving into academia. She obtained qualifications from the University of St. Andrews, and the University of Sheffield where she completed her Ph.D. on the subject of issues communication and lobbying in 1996. Throughout the past 19 years of living in Hong Kong, she has been involved in university level teaching and applied research on public relations, advertising and persuasive communication, in addition to engaging ongoing professional consultancy work in public relations and corporate training for a range of Asian and international clients. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong.

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