A General Theory of Organizational Stigma

  title={A General Theory of Organizational Stigma},
  author={Cynthia E. Devers and Todd Dewett and Yuri Mishina and Carrie A. Belsito},
  booktitle={Organ. Sci.},
In recent years, the term stigma has been widely applied to organizations. However, scholars have yet to advance a theoretically consistent definition or comprehensive theory of organizational stigma. The purpose of this paper is to define the construct of organizational stigma and provide a general theory that explains the conditions under which organizational stigmas are likely to arise, how this process unfolds, and the initial effects stigmas inflict on organizations. In doing so, we… Expand

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