Discursive (de)-legitimation strategies in the media - a case study of Finnish co-operation negotiations during the economic downturn in 2008-2015

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Franck, Henrika
dc.contributor.author Mikkola, Mika
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-17T13:43:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-17T13:43:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/27810
dc.description.abstract The broad objective of this research is to understand legitimacy and specifically the process of legitimation. The aim is to further the existing organizational literature on legitimacy and legitimation processes by researching discursive legitimation strategies used to legitimate or de-legitimate co-operation negotiation announcements in the Finnish media during 2008-2015. In addition, the study aims at finding distinguishing features between the media outlets. This research is a qualitative case study analyzing a collection of news articles. The news articles were extracted from two Finnish media outlets, Helsingin Sanomat and Yle. To build an understanding of the legitimation process, a critical discourse analysis as a research method was applied. The analysis was divided into two distinguishing parts. First, a comprehensive thematic analysis was used to organize the news articles into specific themes based on the discussed issues and topics in the media materials. During the final step, an overall textual analysis was conducted to understand how the themes were used for discursive (de)-legitimation purposes. The findings, based on the critical discourse analysis, support the legitimation strategies and their particular discursive features that were revealed in previous literature. The strategies, from most common to least common are: rationalization, authorization, moralization, normalization, and narrativization. All of the strategies were used in various ways to establish legitimacy or illegitimacy of the co-operation negotiation announcements. It seems that rationalization and authorization has an important role in (de)-legitimating the co-operation negotiation announcements, as two-thirds of all cases are based on those. In addition, a new connection between factual news articles and taken-for-grantedness was found. Finally, the differences between Helsingin Sanomat and Yle were highlighted and a general structure for constructing a news article about co-operation negotiations was former. The most distinguishing difference was that Helsingin Sanomat used (de)-legitimation strategies multiple times more often compared to Yle. en
dc.format.extent 60
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Discursive (de)-legitimation strategies in the media - a case study of Finnish co-operation negotiations during the economic downturn in 2008-2015 en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword legitimation process en
dc.subject.keyword legitimacy en
dc.subject.keyword discursive legitimation strategy en
dc.subject.keyword critical discourse analysis en
dc.subject.keyword media en
dc.subject.keyword institutionalized practice en
dc.subject.keyword co-operation negotiations en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201708176714
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Management and International Business (MIB) en
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen fi
dc.subject.helecon prossessit fi
dc.subject.helecon strategia fi
dc.subject.helecon media fi
dc.subject.helecon uutiset fi
dc.subject.helecon viestintä fi
dc.subject.helecon diskurssianalyysi fi
dc.ethesisid 16020
dc.location P1 I fi


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