Paper info: Industrial legitimacy and isomorphism: the case of the Japanese convenience-store industry
Industrial legitimacy and isomorphism: the case of the Japanese convenience-store industry
Yoritoshi Hara and Yonghoon Choi
Place of Publication
The paper was published at the 33rd IMP-conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017.
This study examines how industrial developments are related to legitimacy. In addition, it aims to explore why and how firms’ strategic actions resemble each other and result in institutionalized strategic actions in a particular industry over time. Previous studies identified two kinds of isomorphism: competitive and institutional. We assume that strategic practices develop through actors’ entwined interactions under both competitive and institutional environments in an industrial network. We conducted a thematic analysis to assess the transition in social perceptions of the strategic practices in the Japanese convenience store (CVS) industry over time. Our analysis finds several frameworks related to industrial legitimacy and isomorphism, which were used to describe the transition in strategic practices in the Japanese CVS industry.