Hidden consequences of stakeholder categorization - studies of the implementation of management standards

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
Funding: 4521000 SEK


Through internal and external audits organizations are expected to improvetransparency, efficiency and accountability. The ongoing CSR-trend and themany management system standards that promote stakeholder dialogue illustratethis: forest companies confer with NGOs and indigenous people to plandeforestation, and clothing companies consult human rights organizations aboutchild labor, health risks and labor rights. To attain these goals organizationsincrease the degree of formal organization, establishing new categories for bothinternal and external stakeholders. Such activities are assumed to lead to a winwinsituation. From a critical stance, however, we ask: 1) what and how arecategories established in organizations that implement multi-stakeholdermanagement standards? 2) What are the (hidden) consequences such categoriesentail? During 3 years 3 scholars will conduct a total of 9 qualitative studies ofSwedish organizations in various sectors, with a focus on how stakeholders arecategorized in the implementation of standards (OHSAS on occupational healthand safety, FSC sustainable forest management standard and ISO 26000 on socialresponsibility). The project contributes with knowledge about the meaning andconsequences of stakeholder categories. Theoretically institutional organizationtheory is combined with critical accounting and categorization theory.

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