HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Business Legitimacy among Business Students in the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa

Document Type

Article

Date

5-1998

Publication Title

International Journal of Value-Based Management

ISSN or ISBN

1572-8528

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

179

Last Page

195

Description

This study compares attitudes toward business legitimacy in three countries. Positive attitudes toward business legitimacy exist when there is a congruence between organizational activities and societal expectations. Businesses are concerned about the extent to which negative attitudes toward business legitimacy will lead to increased government regulation. The results suggest that business students in all three countries are similar in their attitudes toward business legitimacy; however, blacks have more negative attitudes toward business legitimacy than do whites. This study resulted in the validation of a scale that can be used to measure attitudes toward business legitimacy on a cross-cultural basis. Business legitimacy is a major concern in South Africa as the predominately white business community seeks to give the emerging black majority a stake in the existing economic system.

DOI

10.1023/A:1007743132070

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