Reconsidering Power in Multistakeholder Relationship Management

SAGE Publications
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Management Communication Quarterly, 2018, 32, (1), pp. 121-139
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© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. 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.
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