The role of linked legitimacy in sustainable business model development

Press, M. , Robert, I. and Maillefert, M. (2019) The role of linked legitimacy in sustainable business model development. Industrial Marketing Management, (doi: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2019.05.009)

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In this paper we use legitimacy as a lens to explore how sustainable business models (SBMs) develop within and across business ecosystems. We explore legitimacy as a resource that is created through sustainable development projects. We introduce the idea of linked legitimacy as a key driver for developing SBMs both within the business ecosystem of the focal firm, and in the overlapping ecosystems of their stakeholders. Using data from three business cases we explore different ways firms build and exploit linked legitimacy and how this leads to SBM development. We suggest that linked legitimacy can cross firm boundaries as a resource to be exploited broadly by ecosystem stakeholders. Finally, we re-conceptualize the rules of engagement for developing SBMs. In our model of SBM development, each firm then takes advantage of the resource (linked legitimacy) available in the ecosystem and is free to use it opportunistically, which drives SBM development.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Press, Dr Melea
Authors: Press, M., Robert, I., and Maillefert, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Industrial Marketing Management
ISSN (Online):1873-2062
Published Online:31 July 2019

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