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Reputational risk as a logic of organizing in late modernity

Power, Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-8148-3953, Scheytt, Tobias, Soin, Kim and Sahlin, Kerstin (2009) Reputational risk as a logic of organizing in late modernity. Organization Studies, 30 (2-3). pp. 301-324. ISSN 0170-8406

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0170840608101482


This paper argues that it is useful to regard `reputational risk' as a pervasive logic of organizing and organizational attention. First, we suggest that the risk management agenda has expanded from its roots in technical analysis to become a cornerstone of good governance and responsible actorhood. We illustrate this claim in the context of English universities. Second, we suggest that this expansion in the reach and significance of risk management has increased organizational orientations to reputational risk and to more defensively and legalistically framed forms of asset management. Specifically, organizations are responding to the growth of external bodies which evaluate and rank, and thereby generate reputational risk. In the context of universities, we argue that this leads both to specific transformations in organizational practices in response to ranking systems, and also to an increased generalized concern with reputational risk, which is a symptom of late modern insecurity.

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Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE
Divisions: Accounting
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 16:29
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 06:54

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