Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study on the role of spokesperson communication behaviors and their impact on audience perception of the believability of not -for -profit organizational messages
by Grantham, Robin F., Ph.D., TUI University, 2009, 201; 3385864
Abstract (Summary)

Leaders of organizations use media vehicles such as news broadcasts to deliver persuasive messages to large audiences. This study addressed some of the factors influencing the success of these public relations efforts: (1a) Perceived spokesperson responsiveness to television news interviewers and (1b) perceived spokesperson-interviewer rapport were examined as mediating links among specified immediacy behaviors—(2a) verbal and (2b) nonverbal behaviors of the interviewer and spokesperson—and audience perceptions of (3a) message believability and (3b) spokesperson credibility. Data was collected through a quasi-experimental design. Respondents viewed videotapes and complete questionnaires via an Internet-based survey site. The model was analyzed using partial least squares. All hypotheses were supported except for those regarding moderating effects.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flaschner, Alan B.
Commitee:
School: TUI University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Marketing, Management
Keywords: Audience, Business communication, Media interviews, Not-for-profit, Persuasion, Public relations, Spokesperson credibility
Publication Number: 3385864
ISBN: 978-1-109-52736-0
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