Critiquing and contrasting “moral” stakeholder theory and “strategic” stakeholder: implications for the board of directors

Critiquing and contrasting “moral” stakeholder theory and “strategic” stakeholder:... Purpose – This paper aims to critique moral stakeholder theory (MST) and to contrast it to earlier strategic stakeholder approach (SSA). Design/methodology/approach – Interview data were gathered from top executives at 12 companies in the energy sector in Canada and an in‐depth literature review was conducted on MST and SSA. Findings – “Value” for shareholder and stakeholder may not be mutually exclusive in some instances. MST may hold the key to giving the board a more useful, comprehensive framework of the firm's utility and purpose to society. Practical implications – Organizations may be selected on their ethical performance by investors. Depending on whether ethical criteria are included in the definition of “firm's value”, decisions about which stakeholder theory to use become an issue of strategic importance to all organizations. Originality/value – The paper illustrates how the board of directors as the governing body of the organisation may find that continuous assessment of the company's stakeholders is valuable in reducing risks. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Corporate Governance Emerald Publishing

Critiquing and contrasting “moral” stakeholder theory and “strategic” stakeholder: implications for the board of directors

Corporate Governance, Volume 8 (2): 13 – Apr 11, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1472-0701
DOI
10.1108/14720700810863751
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to critique moral stakeholder theory (MST) and to contrast it to earlier strategic stakeholder approach (SSA). Design/methodology/approach – Interview data were gathered from top executives at 12 companies in the energy sector in Canada and an in‐depth literature review was conducted on MST and SSA. Findings – “Value” for shareholder and stakeholder may not be mutually exclusive in some instances. MST may hold the key to giving the board a more useful, comprehensive framework of the firm's utility and purpose to society. Practical implications – Organizations may be selected on their ethical performance by investors. Depending on whether ethical criteria are included in the definition of “firm's value”, decisions about which stakeholder theory to use become an issue of strategic importance to all organizations. Originality/value – The paper illustrates how the board of directors as the governing body of the organisation may find that continuous assessment of the company's stakeholders is valuable in reducing risks.

Journal

Corporate GovernanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 11, 2008

Keywords: Stakeholder analysis; Boards of directors; Decision making; Market value

References

  • Reconstructing the corporate social responsibility construct in Utlish
    Amaeshi, K.M.; Adi, B.
  • The moral basis of stakeholder theory
    Gibson, K.
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
    Solomon, J.; Solomon, A.

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