Understanding the beliefs, actions and outcomes of sustainability reporting: An experimental approach

Autor(en): Graeuler, Matthias
Freundlieb, Michael
Ortwerth, Kerstin
Teuteberg, Frank 
Stichwörter: Acceptance; Belief-action-outcome model; COGNITIVE FIT; Computer Science; Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer Science, Theory & Methods; CORPORATE IMAGE; Corporate social responsibility; DISCONFIRMATION; EXPECTATION; Experiment; INFORMATION-SYSTEMS; PRODUCT EVALUATIONS; SATISFACTION; Sustainability reporting; TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTANCE MODEL; USER ACCEPTANCE
Erscheinungsdatum: 2013
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 15
Ausgabe: 5
Startseite: 779
Seitenende: 797
IS researchers have identified substantial research gaps within the IS community regarding sustainability. Therefore, this paper pursues an experimental approach to investigate online sustainability reports (SRs) which are a common instrument for corporate sustainability communication. The applied research approach examines not only which properties of SRs enhance the readers' willingness to read a SR, but also to what extent SRs can influence the readers' actions and impact corporate image. Within the course of this paper, a belief-action-outcome (BAO) model and a corresponding experimental design, which examines SRs in three phases (i.e. before reading, during reading and after reading), are developed and conducted; subsequently the results are empirically analysed. Finally, implications for practitioners and researchers in the field of sustainability and especially sustainability reporting are demonstrated. Furthermore, possible starting points for future research are discussed. The results indicate that a sophisticated SR that satisfies the readers' expectations has a significant impact on corporate image and the readers' actions (i.e. buying and recommending products, investing and considering to work for the reporting company), which qualifies sustainability reporting as an important channel for corporate communication.
ISSN: 13873326
DOI: 10.1007/s10796-013-9418-9

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