Meaning Structures in a Contested Issue Field: A Topographic Map of Shareholder Value in Austria

Renate Meyer, Markus Höllerer

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When organizational concepts spread beyond national and cultural boundaries, they must pass through powerful filters of local cultural and structural opportunities and constraints in order to mobilize legitimacy. Struggles over their meaning are intensified if they challenge the prevailing order. Drawing on the case of shareholder value in Austria, we examine how the different ways of framing a contested issue in public discourse are related to the local cultural and sociopolitical context. We combine in-depth content analysis with multivariate statistics to explore the meaning structures that organize this issue field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1241-1262
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Stockholders
  • Stockholder Wealth

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