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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Tshivhase, Ntsoaki Diana
URN etd-08112012-173422
Document Title Dimensions underlying corporate reputation : a B-2-B buyer's perspective
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Ms N Kleyn Supervisor
Keywords
  • business-to-business buyers
  • dimensions of corporate reputation
  • competitive advantage
Date 2011-03-08
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Abstract
Corporate reputation has become a source of competitive advantage whose underlying dimensions serve to influence companies‟ strategic direction, in order to maintain sustainable competitiveness. The purpose of this research is to determine the underlying dimensions of corporate reputation as perceived by buyers in the business-to-to business environment.

Through critical review of literature on corporate reputation, the importance of building and maintaining a good reputation was highlighted by a myriad of resulting favourable consequences. Literature also revealed underlying dimensions of reputation which were complemented by the findings of the preliminary interviews with a selection of members of the sample to formulate a research instrument.

Using stratified sampling of buyers in selected segments served by the steel industry, 169 questionnaire responses were gathered electronically via email and self administered. A factor analysis revealed five factors namely vision and quality of management, employment equity and social responsibility, superior quality of products and committed service, corporate appeal and safety and environment. These collaborated with the literature with the exception of two contributing elements omitted by literature, namely BEE and safety.

2011 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Tshivhase, ND 2011, Dimensions underlying corporate reputation : a B-2-B buyer's perspective, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08112012-173422/ >

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