The dark and gray shades of stakeholder engagement activities in the context of a circular economy in Finland

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Abstract

The understanding of stakeholder engagement has had a positive stance. To broaden the previous understanding, this paper analyzes the dark and gray shades of stakeholder engagement activities. Thus, this study asks how to disclose the dark and gray shades of stakeholder engagement activities. The dark and gray shades refer to stakeholder engagement activities that are interpreted as harmful or negative by the involved stakeholders. The research data was collected through 37 semi-structured interviews with 40 interviewees from forerunner organizations within a circular economy in Finland in 2019 and 2021. The organizations are known for their actions, plans, and dedication related to a circular economy. The study provides an empirical analysis of stakeholder engagement activities that are considered negative and shows how the dark and gray shades of stakeholder engagement materialize through stakeholder activities. The study contributes to the discussion on stakeholder engagement and the circular economy. First, the study extends the theoretical and practical understanding of stakeholder engagement by examining the dark and gray shades of stakeholder engagement activities. Second, the study promotes the circular economy by teasing out the darker shades of stakeholder engagement, bringing research results to the level of everyday life–which is not always dancing with roses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages26-27
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2023
Publication typeNot Eligible
EventResponsible Business Research Seminar 2023 - Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 15 Mar 202316 Mar 2023
https://events.tuni.fi/rbrs2023/

Conference

ConferenceResponsible Business Research Seminar 2023
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityTampere
Period15/03/2316/03/23
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