Rhetorical History and the Legitimation of New Industries

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

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Abstract

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
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78
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Conference

ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
Number78
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period10/08/201814/08/2018
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN2151-6561

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Wong, N., Coraiola, D., Ravn Sørensen, A., & Jones, I. (2018). Rhetorical History and the Legitimation of New Industries. In G. Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-eighth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management [14867] Academy of Management. Academy of Management Proceedings https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.14867abstract