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Disputation: Lea Fobbe

Lea Fobbe, doktorand vid Akademin för teknik och miljö, försvarar sin doktorsavhandling inom ämnet Industriell ekonomi. Välkommen!

Datum: Måndag 29 maj, 2023
Tid: 9:00
Plats: Lilla Jadwiga, 12:108 och zoom

Avhandlingens titel: Walking old paths with new perspectives. Stakeholder engagement for organisational sustainability

Handledare: Professor Per Hilletofth, Högskolan i Gävle
Lektor Camilla Niss, Högskolan i Gävle

Opponent: Professor Niklas Egels Zandén, Göteborgs universitet

Docent Lisa Melander, Chalmers tekniska högskola
Docent Anna Heikkinen, Tampere University
Professor Svante Andersson, Högskolan i Halmstad
Docent Agneta Sundström, Högskolan i Gävle (reserv)

Ordförande: Professor Gunilla Mårtensson, Högskolan i Gävle


Stakeholder engagement has been recognised as one of the main principles for organisational sustainability. However, there is only limited knowledge on the role of stakeholder engagement in evolving organisational sustainability approaches such as sustainable business models (SBM) and circular economy (CE). There is also only fragmented research on how organisations engage with stakeholders and how the engagement needs to be adapted to facilitate the transition to SBMs and CE in relation to existing sustainability approaches focused on organisational sustainability practices (OSP). The purpose of this thesis is therefore to enhance knowledge on stakeholder engagement for organisational sustainability, considering the role, practices and potential to facilitate transitions to SBMs and CE in relation to OSP.

Three research questions drive this thesis which compiles five papers based on four individual studies. The first and the second study concentrate on how organisations engage with stakeholders for OSP and SBMs, applying quantitative and qualitative methods respectively. The third study analyses the role of stakeholder engagement in SBMs, using a systematic literature review. The fourth study explores how stakeholder engagement needs to be adapted for SBMs and CE in relation to OSP, using qualitative methods.

The results reveal the multi-faceted role of stakeholder engagement in SBMs and CE. Engagement practices for SBMs are dependent on the focus and intended outcome, while engagement for CE was extended and levelled up in relation to engagement for OSP. Continuous and changing engagement practices are needed to facilitate the transition to SBMs, and the conceptual understanding of stakeholder engagement needs to be adapted from linear to circular for CE transitions.

This thesis contributes to organisational sustainability, stakeholder theory, business model and CE literature by providing new perspectives on the role, extent, and form of stakeholder engagement for organisational sustainability. For practitioners, insights are offered on how to foster stakeholder engagement and with that move towards organisational sustainability.

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Publicerad av: Catarina Carlsson Sidansvarig: Veronica Liljeroth Sidan uppdaterades: 2023-07-27
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