Exploring the Determinants of Organizational Emergence: A Legitimacy Perspective

25 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2013

See all articles by Erno T. Tornikoski

Erno T. Tornikoski

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Scott L. Newbert

Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College - The City University of New York

Date Written: June 25, 2013

Abstract

In an attempt to explain why some nascent organizations become new organizations while others do not, we contend that the process of organizational emergence can be understood and predicted by viewing it as a quest for legitimacy. We subsequently find empirical evidence to suggest that the actions a nascent organization takes (or strategic legitimacy) may be more important than its characteristics (or conforming legitimacy) in explaining organizational emergence. Such a conclusion is important in that it provides a theoretical framework with which to understand organizational emergence and in so doing advances our knowledge of this important process.

Keywords: Legitimacy, Nascent organizations, Organizational emergence, Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED)

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Tornikoski, Erno T. and Newbert, Scott L., Exploring the Determinants of Organizational Emergence: A Legitimacy Perspective (June 25, 2013). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2284815

Erno T. Tornikoski (Contact Author)

Grenoble Ecole de Management ( email )

12 rue Pierre Sémard
Grenoble Cedex, 38003
France

Scott L. Newbert

Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College - The City University of New York ( email )

NY
United States

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