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Joint management‐stakeholder committees – a new path to stakeholder governance?

Heiko Spitzeck (Based at the Fundação Dom Cabral, São Paulo, Brazil)
Erik G. Hansen (Based at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany)
David Grayson (Based at the School of Management, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 18 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe the emerging practice of joint management‐stakeholder‐committees (JMSCs) in which corporate executives take decisions in collaboration with stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach

To identify firms involving stakeholders in their governance arrangements, the authors analysed 51 companies regularly participating in Business in the Community's Corporate Responsibility Index in the UK. The data provided by the index as well as corporate reports were then analysed to evaluate the impact of JMSCs on corporate decision‐making.

Findings

The research finds that JMSCs strongly influence corporate governance mechanisms such as monitoring and measurement as well as the policy development of firms.

Research limitations/applications

The analysis builds on corporate responses given to the questionnaire sent by the Corporate Responsibility Index as well as corporate reports. Future research is encouraged to triangulate findings with stakeholder opinions on the effectiveness of JMSCs.

Practical implications

JMSCs prove to be an effective tool to involve stakeholders in corporate decision‐making processes. Owing to their effectiveness JMSCs are more likely to create trust between firms and their stakeholders.

Originality/value

The paper is the first empirical investigation into the effectiveness of engaging stakeholders in joint management‐stakeholder committees, demonstrating the impact and effectiveness of such engagement.

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Citation

Spitzeck, H., Hansen, E.G. and Grayson, D. (2011), "Joint management‐stakeholder committees – a new path to stakeholder governance?", Corporate Governance, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 560-568. https://doi.org/10.1108/14720701111176975

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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