Conceptualising frame deliberation in participative stakeholder collaborations

2019-07-02T12:31:57Z (GMT) by Angelika Zimmermann
Participative stakeholder collaborations on sustainability are well established in practice, but there is little research to show how stakeholders deliberate their frames (i.e. schemata of interpretation they use to make sense of the issues at stake) during these collaborations. Combining insights from research on framing, implicit cognition, adjustment modes, frame change in organisations, and participative stakeholder projects, we conceptualise mechanisms of frame deliberation in such stakeholder collaborations. We propose certain ‘modes’ of frame adjustment and outline how they are likely to be shaped by perceived legitimisation norms, power relationships, degree of frame conflict, and problem ambiguity. We further highlight the importance of ‘warm’ aspects of frames (such as implicit values) and of micro level interactions between stakeholders that shape the frame deliberation process. Our conceptualisation of frame deliberation mechanisms contributes to a theoretical understanding of stakeholder collaborations, informs their facilitation in practice, and provides a framework for future research.