Stakeholder Mapping Should Focus More on Relationships between Stakeholders and Their Interplay

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Stakeholder Mapping Should Focus More on Relationships between Stakeholders and Their Interplay
Ashwini Saxena, Operations Officer, India

In my opinion we should increasingly focus stakeholder mapping on the relationships and dynamics between various stakeholders, rather than the individual significance and influential ability of each stakeholder. Mapping of these relationships and their nature, magnitude and strength of these become more important.
Such mapping works very well in conjunction with a value chain approach as I have seen in the last few years working on clusters and regional development projects.

Mapping Relationships Between Stakeholders and Their Interplay
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
That sounds really interesting, Ashwini! Two questions:
1. Why do you believe that this is becoming more important?
2. How do you go about mapping these relationships between stakeholders?
Looking forward to your reaction...

Mapping Stakeholder Relationships
Ashwini Saxena, Operations Officer, India
@Jaap de Jonge (Editor): dear Jaap,
1. The capability of any system (set of stakeholders in a particular value chain/location/sub sector) is not just defined by the number of players and their aspirations/ capacities individually, but also by the extent they can use their internal relationships more effectively. Firm size / expansion becomes useful to an extent and beyond that it becomes counter-productive. So how effective this internal 'system' is, is becoming increasingly important. At a time when in every industry standards are becoming more and more significant, standards cannot be developed and benchmarks cannot be identified without the active involvement of the stakeholders. And if the internal relationship is not conducive, resultant anarchy would be an impediment.
2. The relationships can be mapped by: A. Understanding who is linked to each other? B. Nature of relationship? C. What transacts between them? D. How it can be improved?

Mapping Stakeholder Relationship
John Ato Mensah, Consultant, Ghana
@Ashwini Saxena: I like the components that you are proposing for the mapping.
I would however suggest that the D. How it can be improved is changed to D. How the transaction between them influences the intended results.
I hope this sits well with the framework.

We are Looking at the Same Thing from Two Viewpoints
Ashwini Saxena, Operations Officer, India
@John Ato Mensah: Well, why I said "How it can be improved" is based on the understanding that since the mutual relationships are beneficial and in a value chain, the partnership is based on mutual functional trust. So the relationships can be improved only by activities.
Then obviously we would also analyse what helped in improving the relationship and what didn't. So to me we arrive at the same destination in both ways: how can it be improved? and What improved it?


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