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On Bandit Organizations and Their (IL)Legitimacy: Concept Development and Illustration
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 37, no 11, 1575-1594 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Outlaw organizations are neglected in organization studies. This is understandable given the presumption of illegitimacy they attract. Our article challenges the presumption by positing the concept of bandit organizations', demonstrating how some can build impressive levels of legitimacy among their audience. The case of Christopher Dudas' Coke, a philanthropic Jamaican drug cartel leader, and his Shower Posse' gang, is used to investigate how contemporary bandit organizations foster legitimacy. By placing shadow economy' organizations like this in the spotlight, we seek to extend scholarship on organizational legitimacy, while avoiding any undue romanticization of criminal organizations.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 11, 1575-1594 p.
Keyword [en]
bandit organizations, crime organizations, drug cartels, Eric Hobsbawm, organizational legitimacy, violence
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136926DOI: 10.1177/0170840616655484ISI: 000387485000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136926DiVA: diva2:1060914
Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-30Bibliographically approved

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