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dc.contributor.authorStringfellow, Lindsay
dc.contributor.authorShaw, Eleanor
dc.contributor.authorMaclean, Mairi
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-08T16:23:23Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.description.abstractWhat causes some business owners to be marginalized by a social structure that empowers others? This paper explores the relational dynamics of legitimation within a professional service venture context, using a Bourdieusian framework to elucidate the struggles for capital and legitimacy that characterize the venture development process. We identify two profiles of individual business owners who renounce or adhere to the established norms of the professional field, which we call apostate and traditional respectively. Small accounting ventures may benefit from improved access to resources if they concentrate on fitting in with prevailing small firm professional logics, eschewing logics from outside the focal field associated with apostates. A model of legitimacy is developed that accounts for the efficacy of institutional and strategic modes of legitimacy relative to the maturity of the field and the objectification of its social formations. We propose that entrepreneurial habitus mediates field-level conditions and capital formations that, when combined, create symbolic capital and resource acquisition possibilities.en_GB
dc.identifier.citationAugust 2014 vol. 32 no. 5 571-592en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0266242612471693
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/16013
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherSageen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201573en_GB
dc.subjectBourdieuen_GB
dc.subjectlegitimacyen_GB
dc.subjectprofessional habitusen_GB
dc.subjectprofessional service firmsen_GB
dc.subjectsocial capitalen_GB
dc.subjectsymbolic capitalen_GB
dc.titleApostasy versus legitimacy: relational dynamics and routes to resource acquisition in entrepreneurial venturesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.date.available2014-12-08T16:23:23Z
dc.identifier.issn0266-2426
exeter.place-of-publicationUK
dc.descriptionpublication-status: Accepteden_GB
dc.descriptiontypes: Articleen_GB
dc.descriptionAuthor's draft of article accepted for publication in International Small Business Journal. Available online at http://isb.sagepub.com/content/32/5/571en_GB
dc.identifier.journalInternational Small Business Journalen_GB


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