The processes of legitimation and institutionalization are difficult to study because they are hard to measure. Instead, theories of legitimacy use its elements to explain various effects. We propose that these effects are due to the trust-building aspects of legitimation and institutionalization. If research can establish the trust-building nature of legitimation, then theoretical research programs in the area may progress more rapidly. Research on leadership in groups can be used to assess fundamental questions of legitimacy and trust because group leadership represents an interface between research on organizations and basic group processes. We describe an experimental setting to investigate legitimation, institutionalization, and trust.
Lucas, J.W. and Lovaglia, M.J. (2006), "Legitimation and institutionalization as trust-building: Reducing resistance to power and influence in organizations", Thye, S.R. and Lawler, E.J. (Ed.) Advances in Group Processes (Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 23), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 229-252. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0882-6145(06)23009-1Download as .RIS
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