Competing in the capital market with a good reputation

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This study investigates how a good reputation generates competitiveness for a firm in the capital market. We distinguish two aspects of corporate reputation ¿ trustworthiness and attractiveness ¿ and identify their distinct impacts on reducing management and business risks of investors, respectively. Our findings suggest that trustworthiness enhances investors¿ expectations regarding a firm's motives, and gains the firm a competitive advantage from holding a low financing cost. Attractiveness, on the other hand, reduces investors¿ uncertainty regarding a firm's ability, and generates the firm a competitive advantage from a high flexibility in choosing different financing instruments. We further demonstrate the impacts of these two types of competitive advantage on the capital structure management of a firm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-221
Number of pages24
JournalCorporate Reputation Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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