Rhetorical History and the Legitimation of New Industries

Nicholas Wong, Diego Coraiola, Anders Ravn Sørensen, Ian Jones

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    How is rhetorical history used to legitimate new industries that are considered morally dubious or even reprehensible by many stakeholders? This paper seeks to answer this question and in so doing produce an explanatory model that builds on the existing research on rhetorical history (Suddaby et al., 2010) and which also takes advantage of new theoretical advances in management on temporality. We present three short case studies of emerging industries that used rhetorical history to defend themselves against critics that regarded the very existence of such industries as morally objectionable. The existentially controversial industries in question are: the for-profit private military sector, the Canadian recreational marijuana, and the BitCoin cryptocurrency ecosystem.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventy-eighth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
    EditorsGuclu Atinc
    Number of pages1
    Place of PublicationBriar Cliff Manor, NY
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication date2018
    Article number14867
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
    Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
    Conference number: 78


    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Internet address
    SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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