Convergence of crisis response strategy and source credibility: Who can you trust? Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd The purpose of this study was to explore how communicative responses and different sources of communication affect stakeholders’ perception of corporate reputation. The main goal was to explore the effects of crisis response strategy and source of crisis communication on organizational and speaker reputations. In a 2 × 2 scenario experiment, respondents judge corporate and speaker reputation of an imaginary organization. Apology as a strategy results in higher postcrisis reputation of both organization and speaker. However, the selection of the source has little effect on how people react to crisis response strategies. This means that a spokesperson can be as useful as a CEO which can be important if the CEO does not convey a positive presence on a screen.

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  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Verčič, A. T., Verčič, D., & Coombs, W. T.

citation count

  • 11

publication date

  • May 2018