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Corporate reputation and CSR reporting to stakeholders: Gaps in the literature and future lines of research

Andrea Pérez (Department of Business Administration, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain.)

Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a literature review of the underdeveloped stream of research that analyses corporate reputation as an outcome of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting.

Design/methodology/approach

The author systematically reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on the CSR reporting-reputation relationship, identify several gaps in the body of knowledge and provide new lines of study to develop this relevant stream of research.

Findings

The literature review demonstrates that CSR reporting is especially useful to generate corporate reputation. The justification for this idea is provided by as many as five theoretical approaches, while the management of corporate transparency, information quantity and information quality is shown to be crucial to the success of CSR reporting.

Originality/value

The value of the paper resides in making the rather underdeveloped, heterogeneous and inconclusive literature on the CSR reporting-reputation link more accessible to CSR reporting scholars and practitioners. At the same time, suggestions are provided for future research that would contribute to improving the knowledge on the relationship between CSR reporting and corporate reputation.

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Citation

Pérez, A. (2015), "Corporate reputation and CSR reporting to stakeholders: Gaps in the literature and future lines of research", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 11-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCIJ-01-2014-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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