Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 123, Issue 1, pp 157–170 | Cite as

What’s Worse in Times of Product-Harm Crisis? Negative Corporate Ability or Negative CSR Reputation?

  • Sora KimEmail author


This study examines the dimensional consequences of (a) having positive prior corporate associations and (b) negative prior corporate associations in times of product-harm crisis by applying two dimensions of corporate associations (corporate ability vs. corporate social responsibility). The findings indicate that the disadvantages of having negative prior corporate ability (CA) associations are bigger than having negative corporate social responsibility (CSR) associations in times of product-harm crisis, whereas the advantages of having positive prior CSR associations are bigger than having positive CA associations. This study also provides directions for how to manage reputational strengths and weaknesses prior to a crisis as part of reputation and crisis management.


Corporate social responsibility associations Corporate ability associations Crisis management Corporate reputation management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public RelationsCollege of Journalism and Communications, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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