Programmes, conferences and events

Reputation Symposium

The Centre for Corporate Reputation hosts an annual Reputation Symposium.

Scholars from across the globe meet in Oxford to discuss and debate reputation in its various forms and subject areas. The Symposia are attended by the Centre's own research team and International Research Fellows, as well as a wider network of academic colleagues from various institutions. The Centre's annual awards are presented at the Reputation Symposium's opening dinner.


Symposium 2017

Our eighth annual Reputation Symposium took place at Saïd Business School from 31 August to 1 September 2017. The complete programme can be found here (link to programme document). The papers that were presented are listed below with their presenters.

Paying the Price? The Impact of Controversial Governance Practices on Managerial Reputation 
Michael Bednar, Associate Professor of Business Administration, College of Business, University of Illinois

Signal Accumulation in the Social Construction of Nonprofit Reputation: The Moderating Effect of Mission Valence on Trust Breach and Forgiveness
Silke Boenigk,Professor of Business Economics, Department of Public and Nonprofit Management, Universität Hamburg

The Mechanisms of Extralegal Enforcement
Gregory Buchak,PhD Candidate, University of Chicago

Engaging The Echo Chamber: Examining the Antecedents of Firm Voice in Media Coverage
Robert Campbell, Strategic Management PhD Candidate, University of Georgia

The Faces of Creative Destruction: Media Narratives and the Development of Celebrity Entrepreneurs
Kevin Curran, PhD Candidate, Cass Business School, City, University of London

Fish out of Water: Translation, Legitimation, and New Venture Creation
Elena Dalpiaz, Assistant Professor in Strategy, Imperial College Business School

The Relevance of Broker Networks for Information Diffusion in the Stock Market
Marco DiMaggio, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Stakeholder Trust in the Firm: A Case Study of the Coal Seam Gas Industry 
Nicole Gillespie, Associate Professor in Management, UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Australia

Firm Reputation and Investment Time Horizons
Daniel Gamache, Assistant Professor, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

Be a Good Sport, not a Warmonger: How Metaphorical Framing in CEOs’ Communication Affects Stakeholders’ Evaluations of Firms
Lorenz Graf-Vlachy, Assistant Professor, University of Passau, Germany

Changing Organisational Reputation in Management Consulting
William Harvey, Associate Professor of Management Studies, University of Exeter Business School

Bad Company: The Reputational Implications of Cross-Sector Interactions with a Stigmatised Firm
Mary-Hunter McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Technology rhetoric: How established organisations can manage the innovator’s reputation dilemma
Andreas König, Chaired Professor of Strategic Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Passau, School of Business and Economics 

Stigmatised Jobs: Examining 20 Years of Dirty Work Research
Glen Kreiner, John and Becky Surma Dean’s Research Fellow, Professor of Management & Organization, Penn State University

Waiting to Inhale: Destigmatising the Medical Cannabis Industry
Kisha Lashley, Assistant Professor of Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Managing Branding and Legitimacy: A Study of Charity Retail Sector 
Gordon Liu, Associate Professor of Strategic Marketing, University of Bath

Survival of the Fittest: The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Firm Exit 
Michael Luca, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

Time Giveth and Time Taketh Away: The Paradox of High-Reputation Firms Consistently Delivering Value Over Time
Abbie Oliver, Doctoral Candidate, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

Reputation, Role-Conflict, and Scandal  
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Assistant Professor, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Reputation and Donations to Religious Nonprofits: A Survey Experiment 
Aseem Prakash, Walker Family Professor and Director, Centre for Environmental Politics, University of Washington, Seattle

Stateless Commerce:  The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange
Barak Richman, Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration, Duke University

Organisational Strategies in the Context of Legitimacy Loss: Radical Versus Gradual Responses to Disclosed Corruption
Stefan Schembera, Senior Researcher, Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich

Buying Reputation as a Signal of Quality: Evidence from an Online Marketplace 
Steve Tadelis, Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, James J. and Marianne B. Lowrey Chair in Business,  Haas School of BusinessUniversity of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Discursive Dynamics in Illegitimacy Construction: The Case of Absinthe in 1859-1915 France
Eero Vaara, Professor of Organisation and Management, Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Industry and Firm Level Reputation Dynamics in Alberta's Oil Sands
Harrie Vrendenberg, Professor and Suncor Energy Chair in Strategy and Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; 
Connie Van der Byl, Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, and Director, Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES), Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta

Signal Accumulation in the Social Construction of Nonprofit Reputation: The Moderating Effect of Mission Valence on Trust Breach and Forgiveness
Jurgen Willems, Professor of Business Administration, Department of Public and Nonprofit Management, Universität Hambur



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MBA - Reputation and Leadership

Members of the Centre teach and advise postgraduate students, in particular through the Reputation and Leadership elective on the MBA course, which is taught in the Hilary term. The principal aim of this course is to show students how reputations are created, sustained, destroyed and rebuilt.  Understanding reputation has become an increasingly important element of management. Companies that enjoy strong reputations gain competitive advantage in labour markets, financial markets, relationships with consumers and supply-chain effectiveness.  The sessions will include contributions from a number of senior leaders in industry and the professions.   

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