Organizational identity construction of the world’s top universities: A discourse analysis of university prospectuses




university prospectus, discursive construction, organizational identity, corpus linguistics, DHA


A prospectus, as a kind of self-description of the organization, is specified as one of the attributes of an organization. A university, as a type of organization, makes its prospectus accordingly. A prospectus – as a genre of organizational discourse – has a constructive mechanism. With the synergy of the discoursehistorical approach (DHA) and the corpus discourse approach, this article will analyze – using WordSmith – the discursive strategies involved in the construction of the organizational identity of the world’s top universities. The analysis reveals that the prospectuses of the world’s top 100 universities mainly employ the referential/nomination strategy and predication strategy to construct an identity for themselves as world-renowned, diversified, reputable leading universities which will participate positively in the global market.


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Yang, M. (2019). Organizational identity construction of the world’s top universities: A discourse analysis of university prospectuses. Beyond Philology An International Journal of Linguistics, Literary Studies and English Language Teaching, (16/1), 95–109.