The Social Nature of Stakeholder Utility Perceptions

Vortrag im Rahmen des ICEBS-Programs

Referent: Prof. Don Lange, der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

For positive or negative, one stakeholder’s perceptions of utility derive in part from their perceptions of the utility that other stakeholders of the business are receiving. Yet, to date, the stakeholder literature has not explored the social aspects of these perceptions of utility in a nuanced way. The prevailing view in the literature is that stakeholders will monitor other stakeholders’ interests and react negatively to their mistreatment and positively to their favorable treatment. We expand that view by predicting a wider range of reactions by the focal stakeholder to the business’s treatment of other stakeholders. The model we offer details how the other stakeholder will serve three different roles with respect to the focal stakeholder’s utility judgments: 1) as a symbolic representation of the business’s value systems, 2) as a referent for interpersonal equity comparisons, and 3) as either a perceived competitor for resources or a perceived facilitator of them. Our theory adds complexity and predictive value to the traditional view of generalized exchange—a concept that lies at the core of stakeholder theory. Further, we provide a more complete understanding of stakeholder utility than currently exists. Finally, we contribute to understanding the challenge of managing divergent and sometimes competing stakeholder interests.


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