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  • 1.
    Adamsson, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
    Making Sense of Corruption after a Mediatized Scandal: TeliaSonera and The Uzbekistan Affair2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Adamsson, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Marketing.
    Moral struggles in the media: The framing of H&M’s responsibility for garment factories 1997-20172018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Adamsson, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Marketing. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The construction of corporate irresponsibility: a constitutive perspective on communication in media narratives2019Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Adamsson, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
    The Construction of Corporate Irresponsibility: A constitutive perspective on communication in media narratives2020Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Stories in which corporations are revealed as irresponsible are frequently published and broadcast in journalistic media. These media stories, as well as stories from other stakeholders, contribute to the formation of counter-narratives that consequently stand against corporate narratives with a focus on responsibility. Since corporate irresponsibility is a value judgment attributed by others, narratives about corporations in the media can have particular importance for meaning construction. The aim of this study is accordingly to explain how corporate irresponsibility is constituted in these narratives, by focusing on how corporate irresponsibility is constructed in media stories. The study takes its theoretical departure in the communicative constitution of organizations (CCO) perspective and consequently sees communication as the primary constituent of corporate irresponsibility. A narrative approach is also added by highlighting narratives as a particularly powerful form of communication. The empirical starting point for the study is two long-running media stories that are analyzed qualitatively based on material gathered both from print and broadcast media and from interviews. The findings show that the construction of corporate irresponsibility in media stories can take different forms, in this study represented by chronic irresponsibility narratives and acute irresponsibility narratives. By understanding how these two types of narratives differ from each other, it is recognized that meaning construction is not a given and can take various forms depending on the underlying negligence or irresponsibility issues. The study shows that it is in the meetings of the narratives in particular that opportunities for discussion and dialogue arises. It is consequently suggested that it is when narratives collide that communicative events, in which the meaning of corporate irresponsibility is negotiated and re-negotiated, most likely appear. This study therefore concludes that when arguing that communication is the primary mode through which the organization is constituted, narratives told about the corporations, by media and other stakeholders, should also be included in the analysis. The study thus contributes to the CCO perspective by applying the ideas of constitutive communication to narratives told neither inside nor outside the organization. Based on the results of the study, it is argued that the formation of narratives has consequences for understandings about corporate irresponsibility, both for the corporation in the media limelight and for society in general.

     

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  • 5.
    Grafström, Maria
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Adamsson, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Normerande bilder av ansvar – en studie av hur fem börsföretagframställs i svenska medier, 1995–20122015Report (Other academic)
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    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Adamsson, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Den eskalerande organiseringen bakom skapandet av en trovärdig miljömärkning: exemplet Svanen2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A challenge for eco-labeling organizations in general is to be perceived as credible in the role as an intermediary between, on the one hand, consumers and purchasers of eco-labeled products, and producers who sell these products, on the other. From the perspective of consumers and purchasers it is crucial that the eco-labeling organization is perceived as neutral and independent from the producers that pay to be audited in order to use the eco-label on their products. Thus, consumers expect eco-labeling organizations to prove their independence in their role as inspectors and gatekeepers of eco-friendly values. From a producer perspective it is also crucial that consumers percieve the eco-labels trustworthy and decisive for the customers’ purchasing decisions, however, it is also vital that the requirements of the eco-labeling organization are percieved relevant and that compliance with the criteria is viable at a reasonable cost. In turn, this means that eco-labeling organizations, that depend on having customers willing to pay a fee to be audited, also need to act in the role of a decent business partner. Given this fundamental dilemma facing eco-labeling organizations, the question raised in the report is: How do eco-labeling organizations handle this tension to become credible? The report presents a qualitative study conducted by the state-run eco-labeling organization Svanen (the Swan) which is one of the largest and most recognized labels in Sweden. The study included interviews with twelve people in and around Svanen’s business activities. In the analysis, four organizing mechanisms are proposed to explain the construction of the credibility of Svanen: the reference to the state mandate; the use of inclusiveness in the criteria development work; the separation of organizational functions; and the promotion of Svanen as a "modern actor". It is concluded that these organizing activities (mechanisms) have expanded over time in terms of coordination and control activities, which in turn have generated additional efforts of coordination and control, not only from within the organization but also involving external auditors. In other words, an escalating pattern of coordination and control activities is identified. The findings from this study is compared to the existing knowledge about the legitimacy and credibility in the context of labeling organizations and certification auditing activities.

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