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Insights regarding the applicability of semiotics to CSR communication research

Yekini, Kemi C.

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Kemi C. Yekini


David Crowther

Linne Marie Lauesen


The chapter argues for a linguistic based theory and analytical tool – Semiotics in evaluating the quality and authenticity of Corporate Social Responsibility Reports (CSRR). Despite the proliferation of studies on CSR communication, there is lack of consensus and cardinal methodological base for evaluating the quality of CSRR. Over the decades, the findings from the enormous studies on the subject have remained conflicting, unintegrated and often pedestrian or overlapping. Drawing on Semiotics – a linguistic-based theoretical and analytical tool, this chapter explores an alternative perspective to evaluating the quality and veracity of CSR reports. The author proposed a two-phased model that employed the Greimas semiotics narrative schema and the semiotic square of veridiction in drawing meanings from CSRR. The chapter advances CSR communication research by introducing a fundamental theoretical methodology.

Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2017
Online Publication Date May 14, 2018
Publication Date Dec 29, 2017
Deposit Date May 15, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 241-264
Book Title Handbook of Research Methods in Corporate Social Responsibility
ISBN 9781784710910
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Additional Information This is a draft chapter / article. The final version is available in handbook of Research Methods in Corporate Socvial responsibility edited by David Crowther and Linner Lauesen, published in 2017, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.


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