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Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation

Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation

Published papers

Reputation and identity conflict...

William S. Harvey, Tim Morris, Milena Mueller Santos
Human Relations
Organisational identity
Based on a case study of a large consulting firm, this article makes two contributions to the literature on reputation and identity by examining how an organisation (a consulting firm) responds when its identity is substantially misaligned with the experience and perceptions of external stakeholders that form the basis of reputational judgments.

Sorry to (not) burst your bubble

Michael L Barnett, Sohvi Leih
Business & Society
Firm rankings
How reputation rankings influence individuals' perceptions of firms, and why reputations can change even when performance remains constant, particularly where rankings are negative.

Norm Diffusion and Reputation...

Elizabeth David-Barrett, Ken Okamura
Why so many governments in corruption-prone countries have voluntarily signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Cheap talk? Strategy presentations as a form of chief executive officer impression management

Richard Whittington, Basak Yakis-Douglas, Kwangwon Ahn
Strategic Management Journal
CEO Strategy
This research contributes to literature on new CEOs and impression management drawing out implications both for management and for further research.
M&A Strategy
Our study theorises and tests why organisations engage in more external transparency as an open strategy practice and the share-price related outcomes associated with these practices.

Corporate reputation in historical perspective

Rowena Olegario, Christopher McKenna
Business History Review
Business history
How historical scholarship can shed light on our current understanding of "corporate reputation".

The concept of reputation in business history

Christopher Kobrak
Business History Review
Business history
An examination of how different social and political contexts shape expectations of business behaviour.

Grey areas: irresponsible corporations and reputational dynamics

Gregory Jackson and Stephen Brammer
Socio-Economic Review
Grey areas
A collection of essays on corporations operating in ethically problematic contexts.

Investment bank reputation and "star" cultures

Zhaohui Chen, Alan D. Morrison, William J. Wilhelm
Review of Corporate Finance Studies
Do conflicts between the reputation concerns of individuals and their institutions explain a diminution in the reputations of investment banks in recent years?

The SEC v Goldman Sachs: reputation, trust, and fiduciary duties in investment banking

Alan D. Morrison, William J. Wilhelm, Steven M. Davidoff
Journal of Corporation Law
An analysis of the 2007 SEC complaint against Goldman Sachs, in the context of recent technological changes within the investment banking market.

What were they thinking? Exploring the cognitive underpinnings of how stakeholders assess firms

Michael L. Barnett and Sunyoung Leih
International Association for Business and Society
A study of how an aggregated reputation can influence individual perceptions. It explores the hypothesis that ratings have a significant influence on stakeholder perceptions, especially where other information is lacking, and suggests future directions for related research.

Business as usual? An exploration of the determinants of success in the multinational transfer of corporate responsibility initiatives

Michael L. Barnett and Sunyoung Leih
Business and Politics, volume 14, issue 3, pps 1–27
Building theory around what influences success and failure in the transfer of corporate responsibility practices from headquarters to overseas subsidiaries.
If a firm's ability to profit from social responsibility depends upon its stakeholder influence capacity (SIC), what is the relationship between corporate social performance (CSP) and corporate financial performance (CFP)?

Measurement of political discussion networks - a comparison of two 'name generator' procedures

Casey A. Klofstad, Scott D. McClurg and Meredith Rolfe
Public Opinion Quarterly
With whom do we discuss politics, and what are the implications for studies of social influence?
A paper that looks to improve the understanding of the evolution and dynamics of status in uncertain markets, through a study of the art market in Israel.

The contingent value of venture capitalist reputation for entrepreneurial firms

Strategic Organization
Peggy M. Lee, Timothy G. Pollock and Kyuho Jin
Venture capital
A study of how the reputation of venture capital firms is linked to the performance of the firms they take public.

Why don't US issuers demand European fees for IPOs?

Mark Abrahamson, Tim Jenkinson, Howard Jones
The Journal of Finance
The same banks dominate US and European markets, but European IPO fees are roughly three percentage points lower, are much more variable, and have been falling. The paper reviews different explanations for this.

The transparent supply chain

Steve New
Harvard Business Review
Supply chain
An article exploring the technology, logistics and inevitable opportunities and risks involved in exposing your supply chain to the world.
An examination of contemporaneous and historical evidence on the structure of ownership and control of corporate sectors in developed countries.