Method – Stakeholder-led categorisation

Description

A method in which stakeholders themselves create categories to position (other) stakeholders.

Strengths

A simple and fast way to categorize stakeholders. An advantage is that stakeholders themselves can recognize the categories created by themselves.

Weaknesses

As this is based on perceptions of the individual stakeholders, a drawback of this method is that respondents placed stakeholders in different categories, making categories less meaningful1)Reed, M.S., Graves, A., Dandy, N., Posthumus, H., Hubacek, K., Morris, J., Prell, C., Quinn, C.H. and Stringer, L.C. (2009) Who’s in and why? A typology of stakeholder analysis methods for natural resource management, Journal of Environmental Management 90, 1933-19492)Hermans LM, 2005, Actor Analysis for Water Resources Management, putting the promise into practice, ISBN 90-5972-091-1, Eburon, 2005.

Use in decision framework

Stakeholder analysis

Input

  • The stakeholders have to be identified beforehand and selected to do the stakeholder categorisation themeselves.

Outline

  • Stakeholder-led stakeholder categorization can be done in a brainstorm session or during interviews.
  • Stakeholders create categories to position (other) stakeholders
  • Categorisation of (other) stakeholders

Output

Create new categories to position stakeholders. This leads to a differentiation and categorisation of stakeholders.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Reed, M.S., Graves, A., Dandy, N., Posthumus, H., Hubacek, K., Morris, J., Prell, C., Quinn, C.H. and Stringer, L.C. (2009) Who’s in and why? A typology of stakeholder analysis methods for natural resource management, Journal of Environmental Management 90, 1933-1949
2. Hermans LM, 2005, Actor Analysis for Water Resources Management, putting the promise into practice, ISBN 90-5972-091-1, Eburon, 2005