Call for papers

ERMeCC Research Symposium: The Spillover Effect of Crisis: Understanding when and why crises spread from one organization to another

The spillover effect of crises has become an emerging research topic in the field of crisis communication. This phenomenon is of particular importance in an age of social media increasing the speed by which a crisis can spread from one organization to another.

Considering the importance of the topic and the research interest among scholars, this one-day research symposium aims to create a multidisciplinary dialogue among scholars in order to gain a better understanding of the spillover effect of crises and its consequences for organizations and society. We intend to bring together scholars from (but not limited to) the fields of communication, management, and marketing.


Both theoretical and empirical abstract submissions are welcome. The empirical studies can use quantitative or qualitative methods. The following list of themes and questions are meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive, and to provide an indication of topics we are interested in for this research symposium

  • How can organizations and individuals assess risk factors for crisis spillover?
  • What is the impact of social media on the risk of crisis spillover?
  • How does the country of origin effect (“COO”) impact crisis spillover?
  • Does a crisis type impact the likelihood of a spillover effect occurring?
  • How can organizations and individuals minimize the risk of crisis spillover?
  • How can organizations and individuals effectively manage a spillover crisis?
  • How and why do spillover crises occur in these situations? How can these spillover crises be effectively managed?
    • Among companies within an industry?
    • Among members of a supply chain?
    • Between related entities (for example, subsidiaries in a corporation, franchises)
    • Among individuals (politicians, athletes, celebrities, etc.)?
    • Among nonprofit organizations
    • Among government entities?


Abstracts should be no more than three pages and must include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Authors’ names
  • Institutional address
  • Contact details (phone, fax, and e-mail)

Public Relations Review has a special issue linked with the research symposium. The research symposium is an opportunity for scholars to receive feedback on their abstracts prior to the deadline for submission of papers for the special issue on the 1st of April, 2023. For more information about the special issue, please see the call for papers at

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