Handbook of Business Legitimacy: Responsibility, Ethics and Society
Edited by Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
Springer, 2020

This Handbook forms part of wider research in responsibility, ethics and legitimacy of corporations. Through an interdisciplinary perspective, this Handbook clarifies how the interrelation between company and environment is mediated by legitimating notions in public spaces and public relations; how and why these notions have changed radically; how these transformations strike on the epistemological as well as practical dimension of business companies; and the problems involved in these transformations at the macro-, meso- and micro levels.

Edited by Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, Danish expert on CSR and business ethics, the Handbook includes a chapter by Winni Johansen and Finn Frandsen entitled “Crisis Communication and Organizational Legitimacy”: until the mid-90s, crisis communication researchers frequently used the concept of legitimacy; however, after the year 2000, it seems as if crisis communication scholars have lost interest the concept of legitimacy in favor of the concept of reputation. Why? You are kindly invited to read and reflect.

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