regulatory agency reputation acquisition: A Q Methodology analysis of the views of agency employees

Lauren A. Fahy*, Erik Hans Klijn, Judith Erp, van

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This article reports findings of a Q Methodology study in which we explored the opinions of employees from eight Dutch regulatory agencies on how agencies gain their reputation. This is the largest study to date examining employee's views on the relative importance of different factors in reputation acquisition by public organizations, and the first analyzing employees in regulatory agencies. Results reveal five distinct “profiles” of opinion among employees about the factors most important in reputation acquisition. Regression analysis, further, supports that different regulatory agencies are dominated by employees with different opinions on how reputation is formed. These findings contribute to the growing empirical literature on how regulatory agencies, and their various employees, understand and approach reputation management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRegulation and Governance
Early online date9 Jun 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Regulation & Governance published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

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