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Gaining legitimacy in contemporary world

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 134-147
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Int. J. of Sustainable Society
Volym: 1
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Inderscience


This article investigates the links between environmental and social activities of organisations and organisational legitimacy. The recent overemphasis on the business case for voluntary environmental and socialactivities of organisations is undermining the attention to other drivers such as legitimacy concerns. Previous literature has discussed how the principle of legitimacy may underpin corporate environmental and social performance providing motives for managers to pursue corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies. In this article, we tried to advance questions that relate more to how

CSR activities could potentially influence legitimation efforts of organisations. We focused on two main issues. The first is how CSR activities play into the different legitimation efforts of organisations at cognitive and socio-political levels. The second issue identifies potential variations in organisational choices of CSR activities as legitimation efforts and the conditions that influence these differences as constructs for further empirical research.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • CSR
  • corporate social responsibility
  • environmental and social license to operate
  • establishing
  • legitimacy theory
  • maintaining and repairing legitimacy



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