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In addition to the members of ORGANIZATIONAL LEGITIMACY OBSERVATORY team, we are pleased to have many collaborators who help us grow through their contributions and professionalism.



Jung Jie Yang

  • Tsui‐Auch, L. S., Huang, D., Yang, J. J., & Koh, S. Z. (2021). Double Trouble: Containing Public Disapproval Arising from an Interplay of Stigmatized Categories. Journal of Management Studies 

Sofiane Baba

  • Baba, S., Sasaki, I., & Vaara, E. (2021). Increasing Dispositional Legitimacy: Progressive Legitimation Dynamics in a Trajectory of Settlements. Academy of Management Journal, 64(6), 1-46. 

  • Baba, S., Hafsi, T., & Benslama, M. (2022). Social Entrepreneurship as a New Institutional Field: Institutional Barriers in the Algerian Context. In N. Azoury & T. Hafsi (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region (pp. 281-303): Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 

  • Baba, S., Hemissi, O., Berrahou, Z., & Traiki, C. (2021). The Spatiotemporal Dimension of the Social License to Operate: The Case of a Landfill Facility in Algeria. Management International, 25(4), 247-266. 

Olga Ivanova Ruffo

  • Ivanova Ruffo, O., Mnisri, K., Morin.ESteves, C., & Gendron, C. (2020). Judgements of SMEs’ Legitimacy and Its Sources. Journal of Business Ethics, 165, 395-410.

Fernando Pintos

  • Santos, F. P. (2019). Websites and the legitimation of new ventures: embracing conformity and distinctiveness. “Materiality and Institutions” (223-253), Palgrave MacMillan.

Diletta Acuti

  • Invernizzi, A.C., Bellucci,M., Acuti, D., & Manetti, G. (2021). Form and substance: Visual content in CSR reports and investors’ perceptions, Psychology & Marketing.

Christopher Wilson

  • Wilson, C., & Knighton, D. (2021). Legitimacy, autonomy and trust: a recipe for organizations to operate in the public interest. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 26(4), 773-792.

Riccardo Torelli

  • Balluchi F., Lazzini A., Torelli R. (2020) CSR and Greenwashing: A Matter of Perception in the Search of Legitimacy. In: Del Baldo M., Dillard J., Baldarelli MG., Ciambotti M. (eds) Accounting, Accountability and Society. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance. Springer, Cham.

Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana

  • Bakhtiar Rana, M. & Sørensen, O. J. (2014). Sentiments that Affect Socio-political Legitimation of TNCs in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan: Sustainable Strategic Management from an Institutional Perspective. Journal of Transnational Management, 19(1), 62-106

  • Turcan, R. V., Marinova, S. T. & Rana, M. B. (2012). Empirical Studies on Legitimation Strategies: A Case for International Business Research Extension. Advances in International Management, 25, 425-470


  • Rana, M. B. & Sørensen, O. J. (2021). Levels of legitimacy development in internationalization: Multinational enterprise and civil society interplay in institutional void.  Global Strategy Journal, 11(2),269-303.

Davide Giacomini

  • Giacomini, D., Martini, M., Sancino, A., Zola, P., & Cavenago, D. (2021). Corporate social responsibility actions and organizational legitimacy at the peak of COVID-19: a sentiment analysis. Corporate Governance, 21 (6), 1043-1058.

  • Giacomini, D., Rocca, l., Zola, P. & Mazzoleni, M. (2021). Local Governments’ environmental disclosure via social networks: Organizational legitimacy and stakeholders’ interactions, Journal of Cleaner Production, 317, 128290.



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