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The role of reputation in the organizational sciences: A multilevel review, construct assessment, and research directions

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-1-78350-847-1, eISBN: 978-1-78350-824-2

ISSN: 0742-7301

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Abstract

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.

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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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