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Inclusiveness incorporated : characterisation of stakeholders and partners in annual reports

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by K Kearins, G Oliver
This paper contributes to descriptive theory of stakeholder identification and salience, providing evidence of distinctions made by companies in respect of those they refer to as ‘stakeholders’ and ‘partners’. Combining content and discourse analysis of annual reports, the paper reveals a vague and all-inclusive characterisation of stakeholder relationships occurring alongside a more detailed representation of partnerships with select groups, mostly relating to explicit commercial dealings or specific projects. Intimacy and mutuality – and an apparent lack thereof - distinguish those the companies refer to as ‘stakeholders’ from their ‘partners’. It is concluded that the threshold differentiating stakeholders from partners bears greater scrutiny in defining spheres of stakeholder salience than does the previously emphasised question of who (or what) is a stakeholder.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Parent Title

Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference [electronic resource] : Management : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

Start Date

2006-01-01

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business; International conference;

Era Eligible

  • No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference

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