The Role of Meta-organising in Legitimacy Recovery: The Case of Frozen Food Category in Japan


This article aims to examine a crucial issue in Industrial Relations by taking stock of developments in Organization Studies. It seeks to provide insights into the role of employers' collective action, which responds to a call for renewing attention to its role and socio-economic implications in Industrial Relations. In particular, the article sheds light on how employers' meta-organising, involving multiple organisations, recover social credibility, known as legitimacy. The case study in Japanese frozen food provides insights into tactics and consequences concerning meta-organising involving key stakeholders by an employers' association for recovering legitimacy of frozen food category.


Takahiro ENDO
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration,
Kobe University
Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe
657-8501 Japan
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Milano The New School of Management and Policy, Italy

Graduate School of Commerce, Hitotsubashi University