March 16: Notre Dame's O'Rourke to discuss crisis communication
James S. O'Rourke


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12:28 p.m., March 10, 2011----James S. O'Rourke, professor and director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication at the University of Notre Dame, will present a talk on “Crisis Communication: Ten Best Practices” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in 120 Smith Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

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The presentation is sponsored by UD's Department of Communication and Pearson Publishing, and is free and open to the public.

O'Rourke is a widely recognized expert in the area of business communication. In a career spanning four decades, he has earned an international reputation in business and corporate communication, and has delivered invited lectures at leading universities in Denmark, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Singapore.

BusinessWeek magazine has named him one of the “outstanding faculty” in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He is also a regular consultant to Fortune 500 and mid-size businesses throughout North America.

In 2010, O'Rourke's book Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach was recognized by the Association for Business Communication as publication of the year.

His many publications include The Truth About Confident Presenting (The Financial Times, 2008), which is being used as a text in UD's Oral Communication in Business (COMM 212) class.

O'Rourke is senior editor of an eight-book series on managerial communication and is principal author or directing editor of more than 200 management and corporate communication case studies.

He teaches management and corporate communication at Notre Dame, where he is a professor of management and founding director of the Fanning Center. In 2004, he was named as recipient of the fifth annual John A. Kaneb Teaching Award in the Mendoza College of Business and was recognized during the university's 159th commencement exercises.

O'Rourke is a trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society and the Institute for Public Relations, and a member of the Reputation Institute and the Management Communication Association. He has held faculty appointments at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Defense Information School, the U.S. Air War College and the Communications Institute of Ireland.