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Social media for universities’ strategic communication: how Nigerian universities use Facebook

Social media for universities’ strategic communication: how Nigerian universities use Facebook

Olaleye, Sunday, Ukpadi, Dandison and Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842 (2020) Social media for universities’ strategic communication: how Nigerian universities use Facebook. In: Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842, Maringe, Felix and Hinson, Robert Ebo, (eds.) Strategic Marketing of Higher Education in Africa. Routledge Studies in Marketing . Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK. ISBN 978-0367336356

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A university has many stakeholders with varying interests and commitments. Several studies have examined modes and methods of HEIs communication with stakeholders. To the best of our knowledge, it is not evident in the literature how the engagement between universities and their stakeholders proceeds on the social media platforms particularly from a developing country perspective. This study employed stakeholder theory to give newer understanding to social media marketing as a strategy to reach university stakeholders and utilised an inductive, generic, qualitative approach in a netnography context to achieve the aim of this study. Theoretically, this chapter makes three key contributions. First, it extends the knowledge of the use of social media by universities, moving beyond the use of websites as strategic, interactive stakeholder engagement tools. Second, the study extends the application of stakeholder theory to include university conversations on social media, especially regarding the higher education institutions from a developing country perspective. Third, while acknowledging the unique and dynamic nature of stakeholders on social media, the study adopts a unique methodology to capture the usage of social media by the universities and explored their level of activity and analysed stakeholder responses. Methodologically, the study contributes to the literature on social media research.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: universities, social media, Facebook, Nigeria, stakeholder, strategic communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 10:53
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None

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