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Legitimating Characteristics And Firm Emergence

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    (EM Lyon (& Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences) 23, Avenue Guy de Collongue, 69134 Ecully, France)

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    Most of the organizational theories take the existence of organizations for granted. Thus, attempts to understand success and failure at the nascent firm stage have often been conducted without an underlying theory to explain why some nascent firms succeed in becoming new firms while others do not. This study proposes that institutional theory offers an explanatory framework to explain firm emergence. Specifically, we argue that nascent firm becomes new firm thanks to resource endowments. The reliance on legitimating characteristics will grant a nascent firm an access to critical resources necessary for its emergence. We explore these ideas empirically and find support for our basic arguments.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Enterprising Culture.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 233-256

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:jecxxx:v:16:y:2008:i:03:p:233-256
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