Corporate governance, social network analysis and business legitimacy

Slobodan Kacanski*

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This chapter aims at contributing to the section of accounting, financial reporting, and business legitimacy of the Handbook of business legitimacy as it unfolds a discussion about how social processes that exist at socially constructed relations within business context could be understood. In particular, the chapter challenges the arguments behind three main concepts and puts them under the same umbrella in order to enrich the already existing and open for further discussions about relations between corporate governance, social network analysis, and business legitimacy. More specifically, the idea behind this discussion is to encourage researchers to utilize the social network analysis methodology as an engine as it enables to opening alternative perspectives of looking into discussions on business legitimacy in corporate governance and accounting contexts. In addition, the aim is to contribute to the field of public relations and philosophy of management by emphasizing the possibility of looking into the notion of legitimacy through networks, which are accounted as to be responsible for formulating of an interplay between business sector and society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Business Legitimacy : Responsibility, Ethics and Society
EditorsJacob Dahl Rendtorff
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9783030146214
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-68845-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Legitimacy
  • Corporate governance
  • Acoounting
  • Social network analysis
  • ERGMs

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