Organizational Legitimacy

Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses and Institutions

  • Emilio Díez-De-Castro
  • Marta Peris-Ortiz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Emilio Díez-de-Castro, Marta Peris-Ortiz, Francisco Díez-Martín
    Pages 1-21
  3. Emilio Díez-Martín, Emilio Díez-de-Castro, Adolfo Vázquez-Sánchez
    Pages 23-43
  4. Francisco Díez-Martín, Louis Diez, Alicia Blanco-Gonzalez
    Pages 45-68
  5. José Álvarez-García, Claudia Patricia Maldonado-Erazo, María de la Cruz del Río-Rama
    Pages 69-84
  6. Alicia Blanco-González, Gregory Payne, Camilo Prado-Román
    Pages 85-97
  7. María-Ángeles Revilla-Camacho, Francisco-José Cossío-Silva, Carmelo Mercado-Idoeta
    Pages 105-119
  8. Gregory Payne, Ana Cruz-Suarez, Alberto Prado-Román
    Pages 121-140
  9. Natalia Orviz Martínez, Tatiana Cuervo Carabel, Cristina del Castillo Feito
    Pages 141-157
  10. Serge Miranda, Ana Cruz-Suarez, Miguel Prado-Román
    Pages 171-195
  11. Evaristo Galeana Figueroa, Sandra Escamilla Solano, Dora Aguilasocho Montoya, Paola Plaza Casado
    Pages 197-215
  12. Duojiezhaxi, Arta Antonovica, Javier de Esteban Curiel
    Pages 217-230
  13. Fernando Iglesias-Pérez, Alicia Blanco-González, Juan Gabriel Martínez Navalón
    Pages 231-242
  14. Santiago Justel, Josep-Lluís Micó, Gregory Payne, Enric Ordeix-Rigo
    Pages 243-254
  15. Camilo Prado-Román, Carlos del-Castillo-Peces, Carmelo Mercado-Idoeta
    Pages 255-269
  16. Raúl Gómez-Martínez, Loarre Andreu, Francisco Díez-Martín
    Pages 271-281
  17. Maria D. Moreno-Luzon, Odette Chams-Anturi, Juan P. Escorcia-Caballero
    Pages 283-299
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 301-304

About this book


This volume explores organizational legitimacy in business, featuring examples from a variety of industries around the world.  Synthesizing the most current theoretical insights and best practices, the contributing authors examine the ways in which organizational legitimacy can be understood, its perceived influence on the market, and the relationship between organizational legitimacy and overall organizational success. The authors draw from different methodological perspectives to develop a holistic approach to organizational legitimacy that transcends the traditional concepts of corporate reputation, business ethics or corporate social responsibility.

Historically, efforts to understand how organizations acquire, manage and use legitimacy have applied insights from institutional theory, resource dependence theory, organizational ecology and stakeholder theory, but the field has remained fragmented, despite the profound implications of achieving legitimacy for ensuring organizational stability, survival and sustainability through access to capital, resources and business opportunities, as well as problem solving, performance measurement and stakeholder support. Presenting case studies of successful initiatives, the book addresses:

·         How organizational legitimacy is defined and measured

·         How organizations achieve legitimacy and how they acquire resources

·         How different stakeholders (e.g., consumers, investors, employees) make legitimacy judgments and resource allocation decisions

·        Whether audiences in the same socio-cultural context arrive at shared legitimacy judgments with regard to a focal organization


Institutional Theory Organizational Legitimacy Cognitive Legitimacy Isomorphism Society Legitimacy Cultural Legitimacy Business Legitimacy Nonprofit Fundraising Legitimacy Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Emilio Díez-De-Castro
    • 1
  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad de SevillaSevillaSpain
  2. 2.Organizacion de Empresas Camino de VeraUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain

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