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Farschchi, Alina, 2021. Freeman goes green : stakeholder participation and applied Stakeholder Theory in corporate sustainability strategies. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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The research at hand deals with stakeholder participation in corporate sustainability strategies. It aims to carve out how employees working at different corporations perceive, experience and motivate the role of their stakeholders with regards to sustainable development. Further, it examines to which extend they make sense of the theoretical framework this thesis engages in being Stakeholder Theory following Edward Freeman (1984). A qualitative content analysis of data gathered in several expert interviews reveals that corporations initiate the participation of their stakeholders motivated by diverse strategic reasons. These strategic reasons shall reinforce the overall success of the firm’s sustainability strategy. This thesis further shows that in practice the key principles of Stakeholder Theory are only partly applied. In a final discussion of this thesis’ findings questions of public democracy and agency are raised. It is identified that the equal participation of all stakeholders limits the extent to which corporate sustainability strategies can be implemented. This results in the identification of a dilemma between the intrinsic value of sustainability and public democratic participation processes.

Main title:Freeman goes green
Subtitle:stakeholder participation and applied Stakeholder Theory in corporate sustainability strategies
Authors:Farschchi, Alina
Supervisor:Bergeå, Hanna
Examiner:Holmgren, Sara and Westberg, Lotten
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:stakeholder, sustainability, participation, democracy
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Deposited On:12 Jul 2021 09:51
Metadata Last Modified:13 Jul 2021 01:00

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