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Legitimating reputation/the reputation of legitimacy theory

Jan Bebbington (University of St Andrews, Fife, UK)
Carlos Larrinaga‐González (University of Burgos, Burgos, Spain)
Jose M. Moneva‐Abadía (University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Article publication date: 28 March 2008




The aim of this paper is to respond to commentaries on Bebbington, Larrinaga‐Gonzales and Moneva, by Unerman and by Adams, published in Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 21 No. 3.


The paper reviews and discusses the points suggested/contested by the commentary papers.


That given the current state of our understanding of corporate social responsibility reporting in stand alone (and other) formats, openness to a multitude of theoretical perspectives is appropriate. Further, that concepts of legitimacy and reputation can and should be distinguished from one another.


The authors put forward their views, beliefs and reservations.



Bebbington, J., Larrinaga‐González, C. and Moneva‐Abadía, J.M. (2008), "Legitimating reputation/the reputation of legitimacy theory", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 371-374.



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