THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDER KNOWLEDGE IN ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY

Khola, Hataw (2017) THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDER KNOWLEDGE IN ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

This research examines the role of stakeholders’ knowledge in achieving sustainable development

goals (SDGs). For this purpose, both primary data in the form of interviews conducted on five

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers of Multinational Companies (MNCs) and

secondary data is used. The dissertation is divided into six major chapters. The literature review

found that the knowledge of stakeholder along with the notion of corporate sustainability is

important in facilitating overall sustainability in the long run.

There are also issues related to the stakeholder theory in the form of stakeholders having

different needs and perspectives that might affect the sustainability process. However, the focus

should be more on developing the sustainable goals along with communicating the same to the

stakeholders. This can be further strengthened by using the stakeholder knowledge to address

corporate sustainability along with working towards achieving the common idea of sustainability.

The findings based on interviews revealed that the notion of sustainability had gained awareness

and recognition in different companies.

Companies are even aware of the importance of stakeholders and accepted the fact that their

knowledge is important in adding value to the business processes and activities. It was further

found that regarding SDG, the usefulness of stakeholders’ knowledge has not gained clarity, as

companies are not aware of using them efficiently. The discussion found that stakeholders’

knowledge is quite important in adding the element of sustainability but might not be fully related

to the formulation and implementation of SDG.

This is mainly because of the conflict of interest among stakeholders. Also, the knowledge of all

stakeholders might not be useful, as only selected stakeholders with relevant knowledge can be

assumed as important in seeking their suggestions and advice.

Finally, it was concluded that the role of stakeholders knowledge is immense in achieving

sustainable development goals but is also marred by a number of challenges and issues mainly related to cooperation and coordination. It is important to create an environment where

stakeholders are aware of their contribution and are motivated enough to support the sustainable

development goals.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Khola, Hataw
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 08:44
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 08:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46052

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