Under construction: How commensuration and management fashion affect corporate reputation rankings

Y. Sekou Bermiss*, Edward J. Zajac, Brayden G. King

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the antecedents of corporate reputation as a dynamic commensuration process in which management fashions influence audiences as they attempt to quantify corporate reputation. Using the context of Fortune reputation rankings over multiple decades, we find evidence consistent with our hypotheses that when asked to quantify corporate reputation, audiences rely heavily on traditional as well as emerging nontraditional measures of financial performance as they become more fashionable indicators of superior financial performance. However, audiences have recently begun to assess companies' reputations based on indicators of social performance. We also examine how audience attention to these indicators is itself influenced by business press discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-608
Number of pages18
JournalOrganization Science
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Commensuration
  • Corporate reputation
  • Social construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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