Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Le Roux, Johanna Regine Josephe firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04202004-145730 Document Title Corporate reputation in the information technology industry : a South African case study Degree MCom (Communication Management) Department Marketing and Communication Management Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Prof A F Grobler Prof G Puth Committee Co-Chair Keywords
- corporate reputation
- corporate reputation in the IT industry
- IT corporate reputation
- corporate reputation management
- reputation study
Date 2003-10-08 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis study focuses on measuring the corporate reputation of an organisation within the information technology (IT) industry in South Africa. An empirical investigation was conducted to identify the elements that influence corporate reputation. The research design selected was a case study. For purposes of confidentiality, the organisation used in this dissertation will be referred to as The Group.
There were three specific objectives to this study; firstly to identify the channels of communication between the organisationís stakeholders; secondly to identify the specific elements that influence corporate reputation for each stakeholder group, and finally to provide The Group with recommendations to develop an investor-orientated image and reputation within the South African business environment.
This research study consisted of four phases: initial qualitative exploratory research, problem finalisation and re-conceptualisation, quantitative data collection and finally analysis reporting. Stakeholders included in this study were The Groupís employees, The Groupís executive board, clients, non-clients, financial analysts, trade and business media, partners and suppliers, public relations houses and the general public.
The main conclusions drawn from the study are that the channels of communication internally and externally to the organisation influence corporate reputation. The most important disseminators of information regarding The Group are its employees. Corporate communications, clients and the media also play a vital role in influencing corporate reputation. These stakeholders should be targeted to receive the bulk of the reputation improvement activities so that a change in their perceptions can be filtered through to the stakeholders. Four specific business processes have been identified that have an impact on corporate reputation, namely general business management, financial management, corporate marketing and corporate communications.
Recommendations emanating from this study to improve corporate reputation within the IT industry suggest that The Group create a stronger public awareness. Communication initiatives need to assure stakeholders that The Group is performing well although the share price is low. An extensive black economic empowerment (BEE) programme will enhance the corporate reputation. Finally, The Group needs to agree on a set of actionable initiatives across corporate functions, marketplaces and service lines to enhance the corporate reputation.
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