Corporate Reputation and Subsequent Financial Performance: A Theoretical Explanation of the Mediating Role of Trust

  •  M. M. D. De S. Gunawardena    
  •  R. Senathiraja    
  •  S. Buvanendra    


Amidst empirical evidence that claim corporate reputation affects subsequent financial performance of firms, the literature does not provide a comprehensive explanation for this relationship. The aim of this article therefore is to provide a theoretical explanation on how corporate reputation affects the subsequent financial performance. The available literature supports that corporate reputation signals trustworthiness of firms, based on which stakeholders make decisions such as to trust a firm and allocate valuable, scarce resources. The resources so allocated would help a firm to achieve its objectives, including targeted financial performance in subsequent years. In order to explain the role of trust in the relationship between corporate reputation and subsequent financial performance, the researchers combine two extensively referred models from the reputation and trust literature, the model of reputation-financial performance dynamics and the proposed model of organizational trust. The signaling theory and the stakeholder theory provide the theoretical explanation for the new model proposed.

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