Web 2.0 has expanded the modern media landscape, which creates new challenges for companies and organisations when faced with a crisis. The social media is an integrated part of business communication, but not everyone manages to take advantage of this.
This master thesis examines the stakeholder environment of the Danish football club Brøndby IF. It evaluates the club’s current situation in its competitive environment. Through the use of Porter’s Five Forces, it is shown that even though Brøndby IF has a good position in some aspects, they are still faced with challenges. Further perusal of the analysis demonstrates these challenges, which are all built around the study of three different cases: when a chairman used an online fan-forum to criticize key personnel, when the club was sentenced to pay 23.4 million DKK in holiday payments, although the money had technically already been paid, and finally when a sponsor sought to gain more influence in the company, than he could fairly be expected to have.
This thesis uses the salience framework to identify the club’s most important stakeholders as being the fans, sponsors and media. Theory on issue and crisis communication is then used to analyze how Brøndby IF communicated during the chosen cases. Finally, an analysis of the club’s different identities through the AC3ID-framework shows that the club mainly struggled with how the stakeholders, namely fans and the media, conceived them. This is due to a number of people who exercised more power than what could be expected, which makes the outside world doubt the management and credibility of the club.
In the end, the different parts of the analysis are put together to conclude that Brøndby IF in general needs to take more control of the communication pertaining to them in the future, be more open and rely less on other media. It is recommended that this is done through the club’s social media channels, to get more direct touch with the fans and to start minimizing the gap between the actual, communicated and conceived identities of the club.
|Educations||Cand.ling.merc Erhvervssprog og International Erhvervskommunikation (Multikulturel Kommunikation i Organisationer), (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||86|