Employee testimonials: Animating corporate messages through employees' stories

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This article explores why and how organizations use the personal experiences of ostensibly real employees as a persuasive strategy in image management. It analyzes the verbal and visual discourse of the corporate genre of employee testimonial to understand how the production of meanings is distributed between organization and employee, and how this distribution influences the effect that they are authentic employee stories. I argue that the personalization of the narratives, particularly through verbal and visual evaluation, is a strategy which shifts the voice of organizations to employees, and in doing so illustrates the precarious balance between narrative interest and authenticity in promotional texts.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftDiscourse, Context & Media
Vol/bind6
Udgave nummerDecember
Sider (fra-til)22-32
ISSN2211-6958
DOI
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2014

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