Judgements of SMEs’ Legitimacy and Its Sources

Gendron, Corinne; Olga, Ivanova Ruffo et Kamel, Mnisri (2018). « Judgements of SMEs’ Legitimacy and Its Sources ». Journal of Business Ethics.

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Organizational legitimacy is an important resource, which provides access to other resources. As such, it impacts the survival chances of organizations. In this study, we examine the individual judgments of the owner-managers of small-and-medium size enterprises (SMEs) of the legitimacy of their own enterprise as well as their perception of the legitimacy evaluations of relevant stakeholders. This research is based on interviews with owner-managers of SMEs located in the Lorraine region of France. The results show that when legitimacy is perceived as acquired, their judgments are based on instrumental, relational and moral evaluations, whereas when legitimacy is perceived as being deferred, judgement is based on mainly instrumental evaluations and when they report not being in position to judge their own legitimacy, their judgements are based on moral evaluations. In addition, the legitimacy judgements employed are associated with the different types of legitimacy sought by the SME owner-managers. Moreover, they perceive the validity cues coming from clients and employees as the most important sources of legitimacy. Other stakeholders are accorded secondary importance in granting legitimacy.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Legitimacy-as-perception · SMEs · Owner-managers · Stakeholder theory
Unité d'appartenance: Instituts > Institut des sciences de l'environnement (ISE)
Déposé par: Corinne Gendron
Date de dépôt: 26 août 2019 07:56
Dernière modification: 10 déc. 2021 11:20
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/12718


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