An interdisciplinary approach to understanding 'stakeholders'

A South, G. Dewulf

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    Stakeholders coordinate their actions to accomplish major initiatives, but each stakeholder understands and approaches these initiatives differently, which can often lead to challenges and conflict. This research looks at stakeholder coordination in public-private arrangements and identifies five related disciplines (strategic management, business ethics, public administration, planning, and project management), each representing perspectives of different organizational types. Using a structured literature review of 1,107 articles taken from top peer-reviewed journal publications of the five disciplines, we analyze each disciplinary perspective with respect to stakeholders. We illustrate the rise in research regarding stakeholders over the last 30 years and identify different organization frames, core values, and orientation towards other stakeholder networks, which motivate stakeholders’ actions. We argue for academics to understand how to link these foundational frames across organizational types, and suggest practitioners seek coordination between stakeholders by going beyond stakeholders’ stated objectives and aligning stakeholder values.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication15th Engineering Project Organization Conference with 5th International Megaprojects Workshop
    Subtitle of host publicationStanford Sierra Camp, California June 5-7, 2017
    EditorsAshwin Mahalingam, Tripp Shealy, Nuno Gil
    Place of PublicationStanford, CA
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event15th Engineering Project Organization Conference 2017 - Stanford Sierra Camp, Stanford, United States
    Duration: 5 Jun 20177 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 15

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    Conference15th Engineering Project Organization Conference 2017
    Abbreviated titleEPOC 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Otherheld in conjunction with the 5th International Megaprojects Workshop: Theory meets Practice
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    • Stakeholders
    • Management
    • Public-private arrangements
    • Project management


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