Organizational legitimacy under conditions of complexity: The case of the multinational enterprise

Tatiana Kostova, Srilata Zaheer

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Abstract

We examine organizational legitimacy in the context of the multinational enterprise (MNE). After discussing three types of complexity (of the legitimating environment, the organization, and the process of legitimation) that MNEs typically face, we explore their effects on MNE legitimacy. In particular, we distinguish between the legitimacy of the MNE as a whole and that of its parts, and we develop propositions that include issues of internal versus external legitimacy and positive and negative legitimacy spillovers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-81
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1999

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