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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stakeholder Management: Part IV (Property Rights)

Stakeholder theory can be interpreted as containing a series of prescriptive leaps in the direction of giving stakeholders a greater and greater share in the property rights of stockholders. The final leap issues in what can be called radical stakeholder theory, for it represents a fundamental challenge (or usurpation) of property rights. Perhaps the most astonishing thing about how stakeholder theory unfolds is its presumptuous claim that its prescriptiveness is merely description (i.e., pertaining to what is the case, rather than what is ideologically desired).

The full essay is at "The Stakeholder Subterfuge."