Quotation Clegg, Stewart, Rhodes, Carl, Kornberger, Martin. 2007. Desperately Seeking Legitimacy: Organizational Identity and Emerging Industries. Organization Studies. 28 (4), 495-513.




In this article we examine the process of organizational identity formation in emerging industries. We argue that organizational identity is best understood in terms of the relationship between temporal difference (i.e. the performance of a stable identity over time) and spatial difference (i.e. by locating organizational identity in relation to other firms, both similar and different). It is the relationship between these two forms of difference that enables the construction of a legitimate sense of organizational identity. Our discussion is illustrated using empirical material from a study of the emerging industry of business coaching in Australia.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organization Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Desperately Seeking Legitimacy: Organizational Identity and Emerging Industries
Volume 28
Number 4
Year 2007
Page from 495
Page to 513
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840606067995
Open Access N


Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Clegg, Stewart (UTS, Australia)
Rhodes, Carl (UTS, Australia)
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