Casting Roles to Stakeholders – A Narrative Analysis of Reputational Storytelling in the Digital Public Sphere

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Abstract

This article presents a narrative study of stakeholder positions, storytelling agency, and power in the digital public sphere as seen by organizational actors. According to the institutional approach, corporations and their reputations are enacted, sustained, and altered by their external stakeholders. This article posits that, in the online public sphere, corporate reputations are formed by narratives, in which stakeholders take different positions on intended actions. Using a qualitative data set derived from seventeen interviews with communication and risk management professionals, these positions were analyzed using a Burkean pentadic analysis combined with the Stakeholder Saliency Model. Using pentadic ratios, seven different narrative stakeholder positions were identified: Information seeker, Influencer, Pressurer, Communicator, Mender, Monitor, and Intermediator. These positions were taken by different actors, such as individual users, communities, online media and the organization itself. Analyzing the attributes of power, legitimacy and urgency related to these positions three transformations were identified: mobilizing crowds, issue recognition, and scene transformation. The proposed model helps to identify the different stakeholders in the digital communication sphere and to understand their agency through their narrative positions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Strategic Communication
Volume10
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)238-254
ISSN1553-118X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 518 Media and communications
  • 512 Business and Management

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Casting Roles to Stakeholders – A Narrative Analysis of Reputational Storytelling in the Digital Public Sphere. / Laaksonen, Salla-Maaria.

In: International Journal of Strategic Communication, Vol. 10, No. 4, 19.04.2016, p. 238-254.

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