From Innovation to Legitimacy

  • Anahid Aghamanoukjan (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


Innovative activity of nonprofit organisations is seen as must for the survival of a civil society organisation (CSO). In this paper we refer to the relationship between innovative activity and legitimacy/legitimation. Depending on the theoretical background we found three different positions and roles of legitimacy in the innovation process. Legitimation rests on communication between the CSO and its internal and external stakeholders (Elsbach, 1994; Suchman, 1995). This communication is mainly done by organizational accounts. I therefore aim to develop a conceptual framework of how this communication is carried out in the case of legitimation of a new practice and in the case of the legitimation of the organisation by engaging in innovative activity. The expected results of the study will have implications for the legitimation management of civil society organisations and will give deeper into how innovative activities support legitimation and goverance strategies.
Period6 Sept 20099 Sept 2009
Event titleInternational Conference on Civil Society Organization Governance
Event typeUnkonwn
Degree of RecognitionInternational