Stigma, scandals and legitimization are interrelated topics explored in strategic management literature from a variety of perspectives, including stakeholder and strategic leadership and governance lenses as well as strategy processes, amongst others. On the one side, there is increased awareness of the need to discuss these topics in academic research, highlighting their relevance for society. On the other side, there are constant discussions on the interrelations, differences, and similarities of these lines of research. In this session, a panel of esteemed scholars will lead a conversation across topics and facilitate a Q&A, answering questions like: What is the current research landscape around these topics and what are the areas that require deeper attention? What are promising joint areas of inquiry? How can overlaps and differences across topics be leveraged to advance the extant literature? This session is intended to discuss the state-of-the-science, provide collective insights from the intersection of these research fields, and offer future research opportunities.