Brian Lamb School of Communication, BRNG
Jeong-Nam Kim received his Ph.D. in Communication (Public Relations) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006 and joined the faculty at Purdue in 2007. His specialties are communication theory, strategic management of public relations, public behavior and its social consequences, information behaviors and problem solving. Jeong-Nam has constructed a communication theory called, the situational theory of problem solving, with James E. Grunig. The situational theory explains causes and processes of information behaviors in problematic life situations. He applies the situational theory to public relations, public diplomacy, health communication, risk communication, science communication, and employee communication. He also developed a new theoretical model that integrates the causes and processes of organizational relationships, reputation, and brand through the Behavioral, Strategic Management Paradigm in public relations. He has published 29 articles and 8 book chapters, and is working on 4 books (3 edited), including the book on the situational theory, Situational theory of problem solving: Communicative, cognitive, and perceptive bases (Routledge, forthcoming).