Release | Fifty-two cases of value semantics copying on corporate websites

Roth, S. (2013), Common values? Fifty-two cases of value semantics copying on corporate websitesHuman Systems Management, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 249-265.

Abstract: The present article claims that value communication literally goes without saying. Research in organizational value communication as in corporate image documents is therefore assumed to have nothing to do with the analysis of explicit value semantics. This system-theoretical claim is supported by an analysis of corporate value semantics, which is particularly focused on the copying of value semantics from one corporate website to another. As a result, we present a list of 52 companies that have copied value statements from corporate websites of RobecoSAM sector leaders listed in the DJSI. In referring to these examples, we demonstrate that the copying of value semantics makes the best case for exercising caution when it comes to the idea that value semantics promote organizational goals (…).

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