The Role of Normative Legitimacy in the Development of Efficiency-Driven Countries

  • Emilio Díez
  • Camilo Prado-RománEmail author
  • Francisco Díez-Martín
  • Alicia Blanco-González


Within the framework of institutional theory, legitimacy is a key factor for organizational and—more specifically—entrepreneurial success. Similarly, legitimacy is seen as an essential component of a country’s development. The goal of the present study is to better understand the role of a country’s legitimacy on its entrepreneurial activity and overall development. Furthermore, the authors research the influence of cultural resources on country-wide legitimacy perceptions. A case study is performed on the effect of normative legitimacy in efficiency-driven countries. The results suggest parallel behaviors between normative legitimacy and entrepreneurial activity. Nevertheless, unexpected relationships were discovered in the link between legitimacy, cultural resources, and development.


Entrepreneurial Activity Human Development Index Institutional Theory Cultural Resource Entrepreneurial Opportunity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emilio Díez
    • 1
  • Camilo Prado-Román
    • 2
    Email author
  • Francisco Díez-Martín
    • 2
  • Alicia Blanco-González
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad de Sevilla and European Academy of Management and Business EconomicsSevillaSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and European Academy of Management and Business EconomicsMadridSpain

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