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Reputational Risk as a Logic of Organizing in Late Modernity
London School of Economics, UK.
Helmut-Schmidt-University-University of the Federal Armed Forces, Germany, .
King's College London, UK.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2009 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 30, no 2-3, 301-324 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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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2009. Vol. 30, no 2-3, 301-324 p.
Keyword [en]
ranking, risk management, reputational risk, late modernity, regulation
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132614DOI: 10.1177/0170840608101482ISI: 000263867500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132614DiVA: diva2:358526
Available from: 2010-10-22 Created: 2010-10-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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