Title page for ETD etd-12062004-143755

Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Mostert, Aleta
URN etd-12062004-143755
Document Title Corporate publishing in South African banks : focus on formal, external publications
Degree MA (Publishing)
Department Information Science
Advisor Name Title
Prof T J D Bothma Co-Supervisor
Dr F C J Galloway Supervisor
  • publishing
  • corporate publishing
  • publishing value chain
  • parallel publishing
  • electronic publishing
  • multichannel publishing
  • annual report
  • publishing workflow
  • publishing management
  • corporate publishing practice
Date 2003-06-14
Availability unrestricted
“What constitutes corporate publishing?” is the question that motivated the research for this study. It is not easily defined, but can be contextualised as part of the communications and marketing strategy of an organisation. In essence it entails the conceptualisation, planning and realisation of professional publications in an organisation.

By conducting interviews with publishing personnel in selected South African banks, best practices pertaining to corporate publishing structures and processes were derived. It was found that traditional book publishing activities, such as commissioning; planning and creating content; reviewing, copy-editing and proofreading; design and layout; production, marketing; printing; and distribution can be used as basis for a corporate publishing venture. The convergence of media, however, is challenging publishers to rethink traditional methods of publishing. Electronic publishing is opening new vistas for organisations as it is an efficient tool for them to build and strengthen their corporate identity and to reach wider markets. To acommodate electronic dissemination, the adoption of an integrated, parallel publishing workflow is proposed in the study. Utilising a single source document for creating multiple formats enhances the publishing process and ensures the longevity of information.

In order to draw all the publishing activities in an organisation together in a consistent and cohesive way, a centralised publishing strategy seems to be the most effective solution. The golden thread running through this study is the important role of corporate publishers as service providers in information-rich organisations.

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