Crisis, Criticisms, and Damaged Credibility : A Case Study of Organisational Trust Repair by a Victorian Joint-Stock Bank

Chan, Alvin and Downs, Carolyn and Taylor, James (2023) Crisis, Criticisms, and Damaged Credibility : A Case Study of Organisational Trust Repair by a Victorian Joint-Stock Bank. Business History. ISSN 0007-6791

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Abstract

This article uses the organisational trust repair model developed by Gillespie and Dietz to examine how the Royal Bank of Liverpool, which suspended payments during the commercial crisis in 1847, escaped liquidation and resumed business. This case study uses newspaper reports and selected corporate records to explore narratives of trust between bank management and different interest groups over the course of resuscitating the establishment. The case affords three distinct but interlaced conduits enabling analysis of the dynamics of trust repair: reassertion of credibility through appealing to its reputational past; reconciliation of competing expectations from different parties, and renegotiation of boundaries between directors’ powers and stakeholders’ rights. Exploring the professional standpoint, local attributes and moral discourses within which restoration of the bank was situated enables evaluation of the bank’s strategies for rebuilding trust and redeeming corporate legitimacy through a contemporary theoretical perspective, offering lessons for corporate trust repair in the twenty-first century.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Business History
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?? no - not fundedbusiness, management and accounting (miscellaneous)historybusiness and international management ??
ID Code:
192199
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Deposited On:
02 May 2023 09:25
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Yes
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Published
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15 Jul 2024 23:46