Development of the legitimacy threshold scale


  • Brian G. Nagy Tennessee Technological University
  • Matthew W. Rutherford Oklahoma State University
  • Yann Truong Burgundy School of Business
  • Jeffrey M. Pollack North Carolina State University


A consensus in the literature supports the premise that legitimacy attainment facilitates favorable judgments from key stakeholders regarding the acceptability, appropriateness and worthiness of entrepreneurs and their efforts in emerging ventures. However, although legitimacy attainment is a milestone that emerging ventures strive to reach, as researchers we do not yet have a measure that examines whether a firm is operating pre- versus post-legitimacy. Accordingly, we develop the legitimacy threshold scale (LTS) that will facilitate the assessment of activities performed pre- and post-legitimacy in emerging ventures.


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Author Biography

Brian G. Nagy, Tennessee Technological University

Assistant Professor of Management

Department of Decision Sciences and Management

College of Business

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennesseee


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Nagy, B. G., Rutherford, M. W., Truong, Y., & Pollack, J. M. (2017). Development of the legitimacy threshold scale. Journal of Small Business Strategy, 27(3), 50–58. Retrieved from