Scholarship on reputation in and of organizations has been going on for decades, and it always has separated along level of analysis issues, whereby the separate literatures on individual, group/team/unit, and organization reputation fail to acknowledge each other. This sends the implicit message that reputation is a fundamentally different phenomenon at the three different levels of analysis. We tested the validity of this implicit assumption by conducting a multilevel review of the reputation literature, and drawing conclusions about the “level-specific” or “level-generic” nature of the reputation construct. The review results permitted the conclusion that reputation phenomena are essentially the same at all levels of analysis. Based on this, we frame a future agenda for theory and research on reputation.
Ferris, G.R., Harris, J.N., Russell, Z.A., Ellen, B.P., Martinez, A.D. and Blass, F.R. (2014), "The role of reputation in the organizational sciences: A multilevel review, construct assessment, and research directions", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 241-303. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-730120140000032005
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