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… 

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