Balancing uniqueness and similarity: a content analysis of textual characteristics in Dutch corporate stories

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Janssen, Suzanne and Dalfsen, K.A. van and Van Hoof, Joris J. and Vuuren, Mark van (2012) Balancing uniqueness and similarity: a content analysis of textual characteristics in Dutch corporate stories. Public relations review, 38 (1). 32 - 39. ISSN 0363-8111

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Abstract:Writing corporate stories to articulate identity is challenging because one must balance between the recognizable similarities with other companies (e.g., core activities, type of industry) and the company's own uniqueness. In the present study, we propose a conceptualization of corporate stories in terms of similarity and uniqueness, and present a scheme of six main categories of textual characteristics: general, style, structure, content, genre, and layout. The scheme is illustrated in a content analysis of 45 Dutch consumer-focused corporate stories. The results indicate that, contrary to the literature and guidelines on corporate stories, similarities in textual characteristics with other corporate stories are as typical for a corporate story as its uniqueness. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.
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Copyright:© 2012 Elsevier
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/81081
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.09.025
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