Dilemmas of Reputation Risk Management: Theoretical Study
Danuta Szwajca ()
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Danuta Szwajca: Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice
Corporate Reputation Review, 2018, vol. 21, issue 4, 165-178
Abstract Reputation is a very valuable resource of a contemporary enterprise because it may create its long-term competitive advantage and market value. A strong, positive reputation must be built in many years, while it can be damaged relatively quickly. There are many threats to reputation that in the current digital era are multiplied by the development of the Internet and social media. Therefore, the importance and need for the effective reputation risk management is growing, which, however, is a very difficult challenge for managers. In this paper, it was demonstrated that the dilemmas of reputation risk management stem from the complex, emotional, and rational structure as well as from the qualitative character of reputation, which generates difficulties in identifying the causes and sources of its threats. The qualitative character of reputation risk, fuzzy responsibility for reputation, and its protection as well as a lack of proper methods and tools to measure the reputation risk—these are the main problems that hinder the formulation of the acceptable concepts of reputation risk management and their implementation into practice.
Keywords: Corporate reputation; Reputation risk; Stakeholders; Risk management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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