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Reclaiming Marginalized Stakeholders

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  • Robbin Derry

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    Within stakeholder literature, much attention has been given to which stakeholders “really count.” This article strives to explain why organizational theorists should abandon the pursuit of “Who and What Really Counts” to challenge the assumption of a managerial perspective that defines stakeholder legitimacy. Reflecting on the paucity of employee rights and protections in marginalized work environments, I argue that as organizational researchers, we must recognize and take responsibility for the impact of our research models and visions. By confronting and rethinking the foundational assumptions of stakeholder theory, business and society scholars can identify and pursue research questions that more effectively address contemporary social challenges. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Business Ethics.

    Volume (Year): 111 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (December)
    Pages: 253-264

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:111:y:2012:i:2:p:253-264

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    Keywords: Business ethics; Separation Thesis; Stakeholder theory; Stakeholder typology;

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    1. Don Clifton & Azlan Amran, 2011. "The Stakeholder Approach: A Sustainability Perspective," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 98(1), pages 121-136, January.
    2. Milena Parent & David Deephouse, 2007. "A Case Study of Stakeholder Identification and Prioritization by Managers," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 75(1), pages 1-23, September.
    3. Richard Marens, 2010. "Speaking Platitudes to Power: Observing American Business Ethics in an Age of Declining Hegemony," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 94(2), pages 239-253, August.
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    1. John Hasnas, 2013. "Whither Stakeholder Theory? A Guide for the Perplexed Revisited," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 112(1), pages 47-57, January.

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