Toward a Comprehensive Understanding of Corporate Reputation: Concept, Measurement and Implications

Hamed M. Shamma


Corporate reputation is more important than ever. The highly turbulent business environment, increased public
expectations, and pressure from different stakeholder groups have all contributed to the increased importance of
examining and managing a company’s reputation. Academic scholars have been studying corporate reputation
for the past two decades, with special attention during the past decade. This is evidenced by the special journals
on corporate reputation such as the Corporate Reputation Review, special issues in various journals on corporate
reputation and many academic conferences on this important research topic. Today, with the abundance of
research on corporate reputation it was important to look back and reflect on these studies. It is important to
provide an overall framework for understanding corporate reputation and its underlying components and
measures. Accordingly, this paper aims to review the literature on corporate reputation, by examining the
concept, its measurement, perspectives and overall implications on organizations. This paper offers a synthesis of
the concept of corporate reputation as well as some implications for managers who want to actively manage their

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