Exploring the Determinants of Organizational Emergence: A Legitimacy Perspective
25 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 25, 2013
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
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