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Conceptualizing stakeholder engagement in the context of sustainability and its assessment

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posted on 23.07.2009, 14:25 authored by Vivek Narain Mathur, Andrew D.F. Price, Simon A. Austin
Stakeholder engagement in construction projects can be conceptualized in different ways. It can be seen from a strategic management perspective aimed at capturing knowledge, increasing ownership of the project by users, reducing conflict, encouraging innovation and facilitating spin-off partnerships. From an ethical perspective, meaningful stakeholder engagement can be seen to enhance inclusive decision making, promote equity, enhance local decision making and build social capital. The benefits from both of these perspectives are vital for sustainability; however, stakeholder engagement can also be seen from the perspective of an opportunity for social learning—a social process where diverse stakeholders share a common forum, learn about each other's values, reflect upon their own values and create a shared vision and shared objectives. Dialogue is also useful in increasing awareness, changing attitudes and affecting behaviours. Existing practices view stakeholder engagement: mostly from a management perspective; sometimes from an ethical perspective; less often as a combination of the two; and rarely have any element of the social learning perspective. There is a need for an approach that combines all the three perspectives if sustainability is to be pursued. A dialogue-oriented approach to integrated sustainability assessment could provide an ideal means to do so.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Citation

MATHUR, V.N., PRICE, A.D.F. and AUSTIN, S.A., 2008. Conceptualizing stakeholder engagement in the context of sustainability and its assessment. Construction Management and Economics, 26(6), pp. 601-609.

Publisher

© Routledge

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2008

Notes

This is an electronic version of an article published as MATHUR, V.N., PRICE, A.D.F. and AUSTIN, S.A., 2008. Conceptualizing stakeholder engagement in the context of sustainability and its assessment. Construction Management and Economics, 26(6), pp. 601-609. Construction Management and Economics is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713664979

ISSN

0144-6193

Language

en