This article examines recursive processes in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonstate forest standard-setting and accreditation organization. The FSC has developed numerous organizational structures and procedures that help it pool and analyze stakeholder input and feedback in standard-setting and implementation. This article conceptualizes recursive processes of stakeholder input and feedback and organizational responsiveness as recursivity by design. The article focuses on organizational legitimacy as a driver of recursive processes.

Lead organization:
University of Freibug
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Study type:
Outcome or Impact Evaluation
Study design & methods:
Qualitative collection and analysis methods
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Published on:
January 31, 2017
Name of lead contact:
Olga Malets