International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Communication or Media Studies | Kenya | Volume 9 Issue 4, April 2020 | Rating: 6.8 / 10

Crisis Response Strategies Used by Kenya Power and Lighting Company during the 9th February 2018 National Power Interruption

Kelins Randiek [2] | Dr. Lucy Gichaga Ph.D

Abstract: Social media is a platform where information and ideas are shared. It is in the same platforms where problems and discussion of issues affecting individuals, groups or communities are shared and feedback achieved immediately. Most organizations have been using social media to get feedback on their products. Service industries on the other hand have been using the platform to respond to complaints and to perhaps crises. In this regard, this study sought to assess the crisis response strategies used by Kenya Power and Lighting Company during the 9th February 2018 national power interruption. The study obtained secondary data from the customers’ posts on the Facebook platform. The data was collected from the Facebook account of KPLC where the text data was then coded based on the study objectives. The researcher used qualitative method as the main research approach for the study with the descriptive method as the research design. The result revealed that KPLC used both primary crisis response strategy and secondary crisis response strategy. In primary crisis response strategy, KPLC attacked the accusers that were making negative post on their Facebook account by reminding them that the power failure was an emergency and they were working on it to have it resolved. KPLC used denial strategy by denying through their Facebook post that there was no crisis as the situation was under control. KPLC also used an excuse strategy by denying the intention to cause a crisis where it explained the cause of the crisis to the stakeholders and assured them that the situation would soon be under control as the engineers were already working to bring it back to normalcy. Finally, KPLC apologized to the stakeholders for the inconvenience caused to them by the power failure making them feel appreciated by the company. KPLC used secondary response strategy by reminding the stakeholders’ about the good work that it has undertaken in the past and how fast it has always respondent to si

Keywords: Crisis response strategies, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, national power interruption

Edition: Volume 9 Issue 4, April 2020,

Pages: 838 - 843

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