Protecting Organization Reputations During a Crisis: The Development and Application of Situational Crisis Communication Theory Academic Article uri icon


  • 2007, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. Crisis managers benefit from understanding how crisis communication can be used to protect reputational assets during a crisis. Situational Crisis Communication Theory (SCCT) offers a framework for understanding this dynamic. SCCT provides a mechanism for anticipating how stakeholders will react to a crisis in terms of the reputational threat posed by the crisis. Moreover, SCCT projects how people will react to the crisis response strategies used to manage the crisis. From its empirical research emerges a set of evidence-based crisis communication guidelines. The development of SCCT is discussed along with the presentation of its guidelines for crisis communication.

published proceedings

  • Corporate Reputation Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Coombs, W. T.

publication date

  • January 1, 2007 11:11 AM