CSR Communication Research: A Theoretical Cum-Methodological Perspective from Semiotics
46 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2020
Date Written: January 2, 2020
Despite the proliferation of studies on corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication, there is lack of consensus and a cardinal methodological base for research on the quality of CSR communication. Over the decades, studies on the subject have remained conflicting, unintegrated and sometimes overlapping. Drawing on semiotics – a linguistic-based theoretical and analytical tool, our paper explores an alternative perspective to evaluating the quality and reliability of Sustainability reports. Our two-phased analysis employed the Greimas Canonical Narrative Schema and the Semiotic Square of Veridiction to draw meanings from the Sustainability/CSR Reports of selected UK FTSE100 companies. Our paper advances CSR communication research by introducing a theoretical methodology which provides unique insights into how to evaluate the quality of CSR communication. In addition, we present a distinctive CSRR Quality model capable of guiding policy makers and firms in designing Sustainability/CSR reporting standards.
Keywords: CSR Communication, CSR Reports, Greimas, Narrative, Semiotics, Sustainability Reports
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