Communication Management in the 21st century: the Third Sector

1. PhD regulations

Communication Management in the 21st century: the Third Sector

2. UNESCO codes related to the research line
5100: Anthropology01: Cultural Anthropology
5300: Economics11: Business Organization and Administration
5600: Legal Sciences and Law99: Information and Communication Law
5900: Political Sciences10: Public Opinion
6100: Psychology14: Social Psychology
6300: Sociology08: Social Communication

3. Recommended admission requirements for candidates

Candidates are interested in research on communication management in the entities of the 21st century and non-profit organizations. Applicants are preferably trained in the branches of social sciences and humanities and are familiar with some of the dimensions of social communication. Candidates must have a B2 linguistic competence in Catalan, Spanish or English and availability in accordance with the requirements of the doctoral regime of the European Higher Education Area. Lastly, prospects preferably have a link with an entity that motivates and justifies their application.

4. Chair

Max Weber Chair of Economic and Social Sciences

5. Leading Centre

European Communication Observatory

6. Main Coordinator

Dr. Alfredo Arceo

7. Main Coordinator

This line of doctoral research studies the models of communication developed by non-profit organizations that make up the so-called Third Sector. Initially, the leading centre confines the territorial scope of the study case to the Principality of Andorra and Spanish-speaking countries.

8. Hypothesis

The line of research is proposed, as a general hypothesis, to demonstrate that communication management in Third Sector organizations is a substitute of their social and cultural environment, which is why it does not allow identifying a common model. This is projected on all third sector, generating an evident diversity in the levels of effectiveness and communication efficiency.

9. Length

3 years

10. Analytical model

In this line, doctoral research must necessarily assume the following analytical structure in their Doctoral Research Plan:

  • Introduction
  1. Justification of the research.
  2. Presentation of the doctoral research case.
  3. Formulation of the general hypothesis and the specific ones.
  • First part
  1. Conceptualization of communication management in organizations as an object of scientific analysis.
  2. Conceptualization of the Third Sector as a subject of scientific analysis.
  3. Theoretical approaches and perspectives applied to the study of communication management.
  4. Methodology and techniques for the scientific analysis of communication management in organizations.
  5. General and specialized documentary and bibliographic sources for the study of communication management in organizations and the Third Sector.
  • Second part
  1. Descriptive analysis of the social, political, economic, cultural and legal environment of the Third Sector in the country of the study case object of the doctoral analysis.
  2. Descriptive analysis of the organization of the Third Sector object of the doctoral research case.
  3. Empirical analysis of the communicative management of the Third Sector organization object of the doctoral research.
  4. Descriptive analysis of the results of the communicative management of the Third Sector organization object of the doctoral research.
  • Third part
  1. Conclusive analysis on the levels of effectiveness and efficiency of the communicative management of the Third Sector organization object of the doctoral research.
  2. Comparative analysis of the results of the communicative management of the Third Sector organization object of the doctoral research in relation to other organizations studied by the doctoral research line.
  • Fourth part
  1. General and specialized bibliographic sources used in the research.
  2. Specific documentary sources used in the investigation.
11. Options of doctoral research

Initially, candidates admitted to this line of doctoral research may choose one of the following options as a case study:

  1. Cáritas (Andorra / Spain)
  2. Food bank (Peru)
  3. Greenpace (Argentina)
  4. Artículo 19 (Mexico)
  5. América Solidaria (Chile)
  6. SOS Children’s Villages (Colombia)
  7. United Hands (Ecuador)
  8. Red Cross (Bolivia)
  9. For the Uruguayan Children (Uruguay)
  10. Humanitarian Aid Program (Venezuela)
  11. Life Principles Foundation (Paraguay)

Study cases are going to be assigned to doctoral students by strict order of admission date and taking into account the interest or the accredited link with one or another organization.

12. Specialized training

In accordance with the Doctoral Program guidelines, the doctoral research line organizes the corresponding training activity, which the doctoral students must carry out online during the first year of the program.

This specialized training allows doctoral students to gain prior knowledge of all the necessary theoretical and methodological elements to carry out their research. It is structured in seven units:

  1. Construction of the object of study.
  2. Theoretical approaches to the object of study.
  3. Research methodology and techniques.
  4. Sources of information and documentation for the investigation.
  5. Research hypothesis.
  6. Context and scope of the investigation.
  7. Structure of the investigation.
13. Scientific calls and activities

The Coordination of the line of doctoral research annually convenes a Scientific Conference to present and debate on the theoretical and methodological issues that affect the object of study of the line. These conferences are open to all doctoral students and researchers working in the same scientific field, who are invited to share their findings and engage in debates.

Likewise, at the end of the second year of the program, doctoral students can attend public events carried out by other doctoral students, which are also convened by the Coordination of the Doctoral Program

Doctoral students can participate in public events organized by the J. H. Newman Doctoral School, such as presentations of publications or projects, conferences and debates, etc.

In addition, the Coordination of the research line informs the doctoral students of the calls that other scientific and academic entities carry out about the object of study or related fields, so that they are aware of them and can present, if appropriate, works carried out during their doctoral research.

14. Scientific Publications

The Coordination of the research line is going to provide doctoral students with a list of specialized publications and papers, to which they have to direct their proposals in order to publish their doctoral research.

15. Languages

Català / English / Español

16. Additional information

Contact details: lrd.05.com@euniv.eu

PhD regulations: https://euniv.eu/en/university/regulations/