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Reputation Management: Corporate Image and Communication.

Kitchen, P. J. and Watson, T., 2010. Reputation Management: Corporate Image and Communication. In: Moutinho, L. and Southern, G., eds. Strategic Marketing Management: A Process-based Approach. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage Learning.

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Reputation was, is, and always will be of immense importance to organisations, whether commercial, governmental or not-for-profit. To reach their goals, stay competitive and prosper, good reputation paves the organisational path to acceptance and approval by stakeholders. Even organisations operating in difficult ethical environments - perhaps self-created - need to sustain a positive reputation where possible. Argenti & Druckenmiller argue that, “organisations increasingly recognize the importance of corporate reputation to achieve business goals and stay competitive” (Argenti & Druckenmiller 2004, p.368). While there are many recent examples of organisations whose leadership and business practice behaviours have destroyed their reputation, such as Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and WorldCom, the positive case for reputation is that it has fostered continued expansion of old stagers like Johnson & Johnson and Philips and innovators such as Cisco Systems, who top recent rankings of the most respected organisations in the US and Europe. What is evident is that reputation does not occur by chance. It relates to leadership, management, and organisational operations, the quality of products and services, and - crucially - relationships with stakeholders. It is also connected to communication activities and feedback mechanisms. This chapter will consider the definitions and nature of reputation and its management, best practice and evaluation. It will also discuss the boundaries between branding, image and reputation.

Item Type:Book Section
Number of Pages:512
Uncontrolled Keywords:Communication, corporate image, public relations, reputation
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:12633
Deposited By: Prof Tom Watson LEFT
Deposited On:05 Jan 2010 19:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:27

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