This chapter draws on theories of the organization as a social actor to examine the influence of an organization's financial performance on the level of optimism presented in annual reports over time as a means to measure the consistency of the organization's identity. This study contributes to the understanding of firm behavior by adding firm level analysis and longitudinal design and the use of DICTION software for qualitative analysis. Annual reports from the petroleum and food and beverage industry were analyzed over a 10-year period for both between and within firm effects. Results suggest higher levels of organizational financial performance resulted in more optimistic language in their annual reports, but the effect was only significant when performance significantly exceeded baseline expectations. Implications for the study of organizational identity are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Communication and Language Analysis in the Corporate World|
|Number of pages||19|
|ISBN (Print)||1466649992, 9781466649996|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
- Business, Management and Accounting (all)