Organizations strategies and strategic communication

LCOMU2310  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Organizations strategies and strategic communication
5.0 crédits
30.0 h


At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

·         to understand the notions of strategic thinking in communication;

·         to understand the process that leads from a strategic analysis to the definition of a specific strategy;

·         to know the different stages of development of a communication plan in connection with the overall strategy of an organization (private, large or SME, public, non-profit,');

·         to define communication objectives and communication strategies

·         to develop messages addressed to specific audiences and stakeholders;

·         to know, assess and use the main types of communication disciplines;

La contribution de cette UE au développement et à la maîtrise des compétences et acquis du (des) programme(s) est accessible à la fin de cette fiche, dans la partie « Programmes/formations proposant cette unité d’enseignement (UE) ».


Communication can only be strategic. Any action should be integrated in a full communication plan that has been designed to reach defined communication objectives with a thought-out strategy.

While this course is held in English, the central focus is not on language teaching. It is given by non- native English professors who will put students into a business environment where mainly “international English” is spoken, with specific terms and jargon linked to the communication sector.

This course will cover all elements of strategic communications, starting from the place of the communication management team in the hierarchy of an organisation all the way to the measurement of communication actions. This course aims at teaching how to build a strategic communication plan through:

  • Organisation standards: corporate objectives, structure, budget, …

  • Situation analysis: audits, mapping, intelligence gathering, opportunities, vulnerabilities, …

  • Communication basics and prerequisites: mission, vision, objectives, strategy, messaging, stakeholders and audiences

  • Communication disciplines: corporate communication, brand communication, social-media relations, crisis and issue management, public affairs, financial communication, internal communication, …

  • Evaluation: KPI’s and measurement


Méthodes d'enseignement

Lecture with case studies and exercises

Modes d'évaluation
des acquis des étudiants

Written examination partly on content of the course and definitions, partly on case solving (to develop a strategy and to elaborate a communication action plan)


Gregory, Anne (2015). Planning and Managing Public Relations Campaigns: A Strategic Approach (PR In Practice). Kogan Page

Starbuck, W. H. (2006). Organizational Realities: Studies of Strategizing and Organizing. OUP Oxford.





Faculté ou entité
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Intitulé du programme
Master [120] en traduction

Master [120] en communication multilingue

Master [120] en communication

Master [60] en information et communication