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Bilder der Organisation in unterschiedlichen Diskursfeldern: eine Korrespondenzanalyse von Metaphern in Unternehmensberichten

Images of organizations in various discursive fields: a correspondence analysis of metaphors in company reports
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Wolfslast, Martin

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Corporate Editor Werkstatt für Organisations- und Personalforschung e.V.
Abstract This paper examines how companies endeavor to create legitimizing images of themselves and their practices by making use of metaphoric language. The analysis is based on the 2012 annual reports and sustainability reports of two major german energy companies and is conducted in two steps: A systematic metaphor analysis identifies 21 metaphorical concepts, which are further condensed to five meta concepts on the basis of the created company images: progress metaphor, control metaphor, harmony metaphor, conflict metaphor and euphemistic metaphor. In a following step, a correspondence analysis of the meta concepts used and the variety of topics addressed in the company reports (e.g. economic or social topics) identifies a variance of the concepts according to the thematic context. Most of the meta concepts are used more frequently within the context of a specific discursive field.
Keywords enterprise; metaphor; Federal Republic of Germany; energy industry; correspondence analysis; analysis; language; linguistics; image; discourse
Classification Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics
Method empirical
Document language German
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 33 p.
Series Berichte der Werkstatt für Organisations- und Personalforschung e.V., 30
ISSN 1615-8261
Status Primary Publication; not reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works