The Role of Legitimation in the Diffusion of Innovations
Analyzing the diffusion of organizational innovations, scholars of sociological neoinstitutional theory typically make use of the concept of legitimacy as an explanatory model. Increasing legitimacy of an organizational innovation is generally understood as a causal driver of its diffusion. However, it is not clear under precisely what conditions legitimacy has an effect on diffusion. Based on panel data from different organizational empirical settings, this project analyzes the specific conditions under which this central notion in neoinstitutional theory either becomes a strong explanatory factor or plays no role in explaining organizational diffusion processes. Project duration: February 2014 to December 2017.