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Title: Resistance strategies through the CEO communications in the media
Authors: Martins, Adelaide
Gomes, Delfina
Oliveira, Lídia
Keywords: Media
Strategic responses
Power and self-interest
Electricity sector
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Martins, A., Gomes, D., & Oliveira, L. (2017, july). Resistance strategies through the CEO communications in the media. Paper presented at the 2017 Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Quebec City, Canada, 2nd-5th July 2017. Disponível no Repositório UPT,
Abstract: Organisations can symbolically manage their activities through organisational communication, thus this study assumes that organisations are not passive agents and have a choice when pressured by the institutional environment in which they operate. This paper adopts Oliver’s (1991) and Elsbach’s (1994) theoretical frameworks to examine organisational strategic responses to the pressures and institutional expectations provided in the CEO communications in the media. This analysis was developed through an interpretative case study of EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A., the largest Portuguese group in the electricity sector during the period from 2010 to 2014, which includes the Economic and Financial Assistance Programme (EFAP) to Portugal. The results show that through the CEO communications in the media, EDP attempted to influence stakeholders’ perceptions and to legitimate organisational behaviour. The case study demonstrates that the CEO used subtle ways to introduce positive bias, thus demonstrating that organisations do not blindly conform to the expectations of the institutional environment but adopt complex responses involving active agency and organisational interests. Finally, the study demonstrates that like self-interest and power, the constituents’ expectations play an important role in determining the specific strategic responses to the institutional environment.
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