Volume 10, 1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting
Jennifer J. Griffin
Tracing Stakeholder Terminology
Convergence or Divergence?
The increased focus on stakeholders and stakeholder research has ostensibly resulted in a ‘Tower of Babel” effect, where “there are many different disciplinary voices, talking in different languages to different issues and audiences” (Shrivastava, 1993: 33) about a seemingly similar topic: stakeholders. This study content analyzes recent stakeholder research to identify areas of convergence and divergence. We develop an organizing framework of stakeholder research focused on: structural, relational, and outcome components. Implications for future research are discussed.