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Grunig and Hunt 1984s four models of public relations are perhaps the most commonly used theories in the field They are useful in that they divide a complicated subject matter into four fundamental areas which can then be separately addressed Corporations may refer to these models in establishing their CSR efforts For example the first area Press Agentry deals with the activities of those who will do anything to gain publicity Perhaps Bransonesque stunts are not appropriate for establishing convincing social responsibility but certainly widespread advertising of a particular endeavor such as BPs cleaner fuel promise will be beneficial The Second model describes the modern complexities of the growingly accurate one-way information for corporations An effective example of this can be seen in Shells unexpectedly honest environmental reporting companies wishing to be seen as ethical must adopt similar strategies whether they be communicated through large scale media organisations or perhaps through the companies own website a cheaper and safer option Model 3 and 4 deal with asymmetric and symmetric two-way communication respectively Some argue the existence of a true symmetric model is not possible but Grunig and Hunt 1984 insist it to be the most effective Companies should aim to implement CSR programs that consider the objective of the PR work to be as important as or more important than the company itself such as the aforementioned BP pulling out of a potentially lucrative Alaskan Oil drilling project in the interests of the environment I firmly believe that in most cases where a corporation is attempting to become more responsible the strategy is just another method of gaining competitive advantage in a growing market A corporations need to differentiate themselves from competition in a society where the consumer is more informed than ever before means that CSR is an important facet of any corporations strategic planning BPs reputation through extensive advertising of cleaner petrol was just a byproduct of an unselfish socially
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