Stakeholder management in international projects

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Kujala, Jaakko, Prof. Aaltonen, Kirsi 2012-08-28T11:45:58Z 2012-08-28T11:45:58Z 2010
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-3344-0 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-3343-3 (printed) #8195;
dc.identifier.issn 1797-2515
dc.description.abstract Today's international projects are implemented in institutionally demanding environments and executed by coalitions of stakeholders that have differing interests, objectives and socio-cultural backgrounds. Consequently, international projects are subject to the demands and pressures presented by external stakeholders such as community groups, local residents, landowners, environmentalists, regulatory agencies, and local and national governments. Despite the acknowledged importance of stakeholder management, project research still lacks both theoretical knowledge and empirical evidence concerning various project stakeholder related phenomena. The objective of this thesis is to contribute to project research by increasing the understanding of external project stakeholder behavior and a focal project's stakeholder management activities in international projects. The primary theoretical perspective used in this thesis is stakeholder theory, which is applied in the context of project stakeholder research. The thesis comprises of a summary and five publications that are based on five separate case study research settings. Publications I and II adopt the perspective of project stakeholders. Their empirical results are based on an in-depth study of a pulp mill project in Uruguay that faced extreme stakeholder related challenges. The key contribution of publication I is that it identifies and describes empirically eight different influence strategies that external project stakeholders may use to shape their salience. In publication II eight propositions concerning external project stakeholders' potential to take action and influence the project management's decision making during the different phases of the project lifecycle are developed. Publications III, IV and V adopt the perspective of a focal project and examine its activities with respect to external stakeholder influences. The key contribution of publication III is that it identifies and describes different response strategies that a focal project may enact as a response to external stakeholder pressures. By adopting an environmental interpretation perspective, publication IV describes the practices through which project management teams analyze and interpret the project's external stakeholder environment in four international case projects. Publication V adopts a stakeholder network perspective and illustrates how a focal project's local stakeholder relationships are associated with the emergence and management of unexpected events in three international case projects. The findings of this thesis highlight the importance of external stakeholder management in international projects. Through the application of the ideas of stakeholder theory, the results of this thesis provide new theoretical and empirical understanding of how external project stakeholders may influence the project management's decision making during the project lifecycle. The results of this thesis demonstrate how a focal project may analyze its external stakeholder environment and respond to external stakeholder pressures and unexpected events in the context of international projects. Ultimately, the new knowledge of external stakeholders' influence strategies and better understanding of how a focal project can deal with stakeholder influences, supports project managers in the development of effective project stakeholder management approaches. en
dc.format.extent Verkkokirja (648 KB, 119 s.)
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopiston teknillinen korkeakoulu en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management doctoral dissertation series, 2010/13 en
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 1]: Kirsi Aaltonen, Jaakko Kujala, and Tuomas Oijala. 2008. Stakeholder salience in global projects. International Journal of Project Management, volume 26, number 5, pages 509-516. en
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 2]: Kirsi Aaltonen and Jaakko Kujala. A project lifecycle perspective on stakeholder influence strategies in global projects. Scandinavian Journal of Management. Accepted for publication. en
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 3]: Kirsi Aaltonen and Risto Sivonen. 2009. Response strategies to stakeholder pressures in global projects. International Journal of Project Management, volume 27, number 2, pages 131-141. en
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 4]: Kirsi Aaltonen. Project stakeholder analysis as an environmental interpretation process. International Journal of Project Management. In press. en
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 5]: Kirsi Aaltonen, Jaakko Kujala, Päivi Lehtonen, and Inkeri Ruuska. 2010. A stakeholder network perspective on unexpected events and their management in international projects. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, volume 3, number 4, pages 564-588. en
dc.subject.other Management
dc.subject.other Organisations, Corporations
dc.title Stakeholder management in international projects en
dc.type G5 Artikkeliväitöskirja fi Aalto-yliopiston teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.department Tuotantotalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management en
dc.subject.keyword project stakeholder management en
dc.subject.keyword external project stakeholders en
dc.subject.keyword international projects en
dc.subject.keyword stakeholder theory en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-3344-0
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (artikkeli) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (article-based) en
dc.contributor.supervisor Artto, Karlos, Prof.

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