Assessing the Legitimacy of “Open” and “Closed” Data Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Andreas Rasche, Mette Morsing*, Erik Wetter

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This article examines the legitimacy attached to different types of multi-stakeholder data partnerships occurring in the context of sustainable development. We develop a framework to assess the democratic legitimacy of two types of data partnerships: open data partnerships (where data and insights are mainly freely available) and closed data partnerships (where data and insights are mainly shared within a network of organizations). Our framework specifies criteria for assessing the legitimacy of relevant partnerships with regard to their input legitimacy as well as their output legitimacy. We demonstrate which particular characteristics of open and closed partnerships can be expected to influence an analysis of their input and output legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness & Society
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)547-581
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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Epub ahead of print. Published online:February 6, 2019.


  • Big data
  • Input and output legitimacy
  • Partnerships
  • Public-private
  • Sustainable development

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