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Balancing "protective disguise" with "harmonious advocacy": social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts

Balancing "protective disguise" with "harmonious advocacy": social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts
Balancing "protective disguise" with "harmonious advocacy": social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts
This paper seeks to advance understanding of how new social ventures
can gain legitimacy in authoritarian contexts. Through a study of a new
disability rights organization in post-revolutionary Egypt, we theorize
how authoritarianism poses distinct challenges for social ventures that
require different legitimation strategies than those commonly reported in
the literature. Specifically, we use our case study to build a theoretical
model that suggests social ventures need to achieve optimal assimilation
by balancing protective disguise with harmonious advocacy. By explicitly
theorizing social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts, we
advance the budding literature on social venture legitimation that has so
far predominantly considered legitimation in more democratic contexts.
Moreover, our study shows that organizational legitimacy may need to
be conceptualized differently when examining social ventures—and
indeed other forms of organization—in authoritarian regimes.
0001-4273
Neuberger, Isabel
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Kroezen, Jochem
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Tracey, Paul
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Neuberger, Isabel
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Kroezen, Jochem
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Tracey, Paul
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Neuberger, Isabel, Kroezen, Jochem and Tracey, Paul (2021) Balancing "protective disguise" with "harmonious advocacy": social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts. Academy of Management Journal. (doi:10.5465/amj.2020.0517).

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Abstract

This paper seeks to advance understanding of how new social ventures
can gain legitimacy in authoritarian contexts. Through a study of a new
disability rights organization in post-revolutionary Egypt, we theorize
how authoritarianism poses distinct challenges for social ventures that
require different legitimation strategies than those commonly reported in
the literature. Specifically, we use our case study to build a theoretical
model that suggests social ventures need to achieve optimal assimilation
by balancing protective disguise with harmonious advocacy. By explicitly
theorizing social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts, we
advance the budding literature on social venture legitimation that has so
far predominantly considered legitimation in more democratic contexts.
Moreover, our study shows that organizational legitimacy may need to
be conceptualized differently when examining social ventures—and
indeed other forms of organization—in authoritarian regimes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 November 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 November 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 454100
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/454100
ISSN: 0001-4273
PURE UUID: 329ac9fd-f725-4660-8666-f95fa9bdfbab
ORCID for Isabel Neuberger: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9565-4880

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Date deposited: 31 Jan 2022 17:37
Last modified: 01 Feb 2022 02:59

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Author: Jochem Kroezen
Author: Paul Tracey

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