Journal of Business Ethics 105 (2):257-265 (2012)

This paper focuses attention on the stakeholder attribute of legitimacy. Drawing upon institutional and stakeholder theories, I develop a framework of stakeholder legitimacy based on its three aspects—legitimacy of the stakeholder as an entity, legitimacy of the stakeholder’s claim, and legitimacy of the stakeholder’s behavior. I assume that stakeholder legitimacy is socially constructed by management and that each of its three aspects exists in degree in the manager’s perception. I discuss how these aspects interact and change over time, and propose an agenda for future research on stakeholder legitimacy
Keywords Organizational legitimacy  Stakeholder behavior  Stakeholder claim  Stakeholder legitimacy  Stakeholder theory  Stakeholder attributes
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-011-0966-y
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