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Stakeholder interaction for sustainability in seaports. Analysing the implementation and its linkages to overarching interaction efforts

Lea Fobbe (Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden)
Per Hilletofth (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden and Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 8 February 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to analyse how and to what extent stakeholder interaction for sustainability is implemented in organisations and the linkages to the overarching interaction efforts.

Design/methodology/approach

This study was conducted in the context of seaports. To examine interaction activities with stakeholders for sustainability and how they are implemented, the study uses content analysis of sustainability reports.

Findings

The results show that the majority of ports recognise the importance of stakeholder interaction to create value and guide organisational sustainability; however, it is implemented to varying levels and degrees, which affects the form and extent of the overarching interaction efforts. The paper proposes four categories of implementing stakeholder interaction, showing the linkages to the number of stakeholder groups involved, sustainability dimensions covered and interaction approaches used.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to sustainability, stakeholder and management literature by highlighting different levels of implementation of stakeholder interaction for sustainability and its linkages to overarching efforts that may affect the sustainable development of an organisation. The results of this study provide a better understanding of stakeholder interaction within organisational sustainability approaches and implementation in sustainability-oriented business models. As organisations seek to increase their sustainability performance, these insights may be useful for both academia and practice.

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Citation

Fobbe, L. and Hilletofth, P. (2021), "Stakeholder interaction for sustainability in seaports. Analysing the implementation and its linkages to overarching interaction efforts", European Business Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-06-2020-0167

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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