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Organizational Legitimacy as Deliberation: Towards a New Political Role of the Business Firm
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Individuum und Organisation: Neue Trends eines organisationswissenschaftlichen Forschungsfeldes
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Lang R., Schmidt A.
Legitimacy can be understood as the conformation with social norms, values, and expectations (Oliver 1996). It is subjectively perceived and ascribed to actions or institutions by social construction (Berger/Luckman 1966). Legitimacy is vital for organizational survival as it is a precondition for the continuous flow of resources and the sustained support by the organization’s constituents (Parsons 1960; Pfeffer/Salancik 1978; Weber 1978). Persons or institutions who lose legitimacy find it difficult to enter into processes of social exchange as their partners do not rely on their compliance with social rules.
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