Reconsidering Power in Multistakeholder Relationship Management

Adam J. Saffer, Aimei Yang, Maureen Taylor

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Multistakeholder issue networks have been characterized as power-free, egalitarian forms of corporate–civil society engagement. Using a communication-centered conceptualization of power, our study finds that potential sources of power subtly manifest through communication and interaction patterns in multistakeholder issue networks. Our results indicate that organizations’ institutional status and resources are significant predictors of network power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-139
Number of pages19
JournalManagement Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • ERGM
  • multistakeholder issue network
  • network analysis
  • stakeholder theory


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