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Stakeholder Networks

To successfully operate and reach their goals, organizations—business, nonprofit, or government—have to strategically and effectively manage their stakeholders. The original model to accomplish this task placed the organization at the center and in charge of establishing, and at times controlling, relationships that added value to the organization and its stakeholders.

This perspective is being replaced with the notion of a stakeholder network. This approach to managing an organization and its constituents envisions the organization and its stakeholders as strategically linked, interdependent, and interactive members of an evolving web of complex social systems that works well when the common good of the whole is pursued. In this model, appropriate levels of inclusiveness, dialogue, and collaboration among members are critical and consciously sought.

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