Introducing a spectrum of moral evaluation: integrating organizational stigmatization and moral legitimacy.

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Title: Introducing a spectrum of moral evaluation: integrating organizational stigmatization and moral legitimacy.
Author(s): Hampel, C
Tracey, P
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Audiences frequently change how they evaluate organizations, and these judgments often have a moral basis. For example, audiences may shift their evaluation from stigmatization to legitimacy or vice versa. These radical shifts in audience evaluation can have a major impact on organizations, yet organization theory struggles to account for them. We offer a solution to this problem by proposing a spectrum of moral evaluation that situates key moral judgments relative to each other. Our core argument is that integrating stigmatization and moral legitimacy into a broader spectrum of moral evaluation provides organization theorists with a much-needed toolkit to explore the consequential normative transformations often experienced by contemporary organizations. Specifically, it allows for a graded conception of moral evaluation, connects concepts – stigma and legitimacy – that are often considered in isolation, and offers opportunities for theoretical cross-fertilization.
Publication Date: 1-Jan-2019
Date of Acceptance: 5-Jul-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/61817
ISSN: 1056-4926
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Management Inquiry
Copyright Statement: This paper is embargoed until publication. Once published it will be available fully open access.
Keywords: 1503 Business And Management
Business & Management
Publication Status: Accepted
Embargo Date: publication subject to indefinite embargo
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School



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