restricted access Shaping Institutional Environments: The Process of Becoming Legitimate

Scott and Meyer (1991) suggest that individual organizations must conform to elaborate rules and institutional scripts to achieve legitimacy. In the case of the College of Business at Potential University (pseudonym), legitimacy was accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This case study used Benson's (1977) dialectical theory to understand how mimetic, coercive, and normative isomorphism influenced faculty, administrators, and the institution as they worked to achieve legitimacy.