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The role of stakeholders in town centre management: guidelines for identification and analysis

Alessandro de Nisco (Department of Analysis of Social and Economic Systems, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy)
Angelo Riviezzo (Department of Analysis of Social and Economic Systems, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy)
Maria Rosaria Napolitano (Department of Analysis of Social and Economic Systems, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy)

Journal of Place Management and Development

ISSN: 1753-8335

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide insights into the identification of stakeholders involved in town centre management (TCM) projects and the main areas of intervention according to their interests and needs.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed framework is tested in the town of Benevento, Italy. On the basis of stakeholder theory, key stakeholders were interviewed according to the different kinds of linkages they had with the TCM organisation.

Findings

Results from the paper support a stakeholder‐based approach to the development of TCM projects. In addition, a set of categories is proposed to define and evaluate the overall town centre offer.

Practical implications

The proposed framework can be used by cities or towns for the evaluation of the role of different public and private stakeholders in TCM projects, and for the assessment of their “stake” in the town centre.

Originality/value

Despite the need to promote a partnership approach between the public and private sectors having been recognised as a vital ingredient for the implementation of TCM, literature is still lacking which provides clear guidance for stakeholder analysis. This is one of the first papers to propose a theoretical framework addressing this issue.

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Citation

de Nisco, A., Riviezzo, A. and Rosaria Napolitano, M. (2008), "The role of stakeholders in town centre management: guidelines for identification and analysis", Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 166-176. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538330810889998

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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