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The Importance of Corporate Reputation for Sustainable Supply Chains: A Systematic Literature Review, Bibliometric Mapping, and Research Agenda

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Fred Lemke, Professor Matthew GortonORCiD



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Corporate Reputation (CR) is essential to value generation and is co-created between a company and its stakeholders, including supply chain actors. Consequently, CR is a critical and valuable resource that should be managed carefully along supply chains. However, the current CR literature is fragmented, and a general definition of CR is elusive. Besides, the academic CR debate largely lacks a supply chain perspective. This is not surprising, as it is very difficult to collect reliable data along supply chains. When supply chains span the globe, data collection is especially challenging, as the chain consists of multiple suppliers and subcontractors, positioned at different tier levels. Recognizing this, the paper examines firstly the current state of CR research through a systematic literature review from a business perspective. The review is combined with a bibliometric mapping approach to show the most influential research clusters, representative of CR research streams and their contributors. This process highlights that the connection between CR and supply chain issues represents a major research gap. Consequently, this paper introduces a research agenda connecting these the two traditionally separated research fields.

Publication metadata

Author(s): von Berlepsch D, Lemke F, Gorton M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Business Ethics

Year: 2022

Pages: Epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 13/10/2022

Acceptance date: 26/09/2022

Date deposited: 13/10/2022

ISSN (print): 0167-4544

ISSN (electronic): 1573-0697

Publisher: Springer Nature


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-022-05268-x


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