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Stakeholder Theory

Concepts and Strategies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 August 2018

R. Edward Freeman
Affiliation:
University of Virginia
Jeffrey S. Harrison
Affiliation:
University of Richmond
Stelios Zyglidopoulos
Affiliation:
Kedge Business School

Summary

The stakeholder perspective is an alternative way of understanding how companies and people create value and trade with each other. Freeman, Harrison and Zyglidopoulos discuss the foundation concepts and implementation of stakeholder management as well as the advantages this approach provides to firms and their managers. They present a number of tools that managers can use to implement stakeholder thinking, better understand stakeholders and create value with and for them. The Element concludes by discussing how managers can create stakeholder oriented control systems and by examining some of the important stakeholder-related issues that are worthy of future scholarly and managerial attention.
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Online ISBN: 9781108539500
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication: 30 August 2018
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© R. Edward Freeman, Jeffrey S. Harrison, and Stelios Zyglidopoulos 2018

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Primary Sources

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