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On the discursive construction of a socially responsible organization


  • Siltaoja, Marjo


Summary Drawing upon critical discourse analysis, this article investigates how a newspaper organization is discursively legitimized as a socially responsible organization. The empirical data are based on 16 interviews conducted among the employees of a newspaper organization. The study has two main implications. First, I suggest that corporate social responsibility in a newspaper organization is constructed around a discursive struggle concerning the role and goals of the newspaper business. More importantly, such debate includes a discursive struggle between professional, social and economic claims. This study further contributes to the literature concerning discursive legitimation strategies in organizational literature by empirically examining their emergence in a CSR framework. I also demonstrate how metaphors can play an important role in constructing legitimacy and illegitimacy for certain organizational practices.

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  • Siltaoja, Marjo, 2009. "On the discursive construction of a socially responsible organization," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 191-202, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:scaman:v:25:y:2009:i:2:p:191-202

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