Firm responses to secondary stakeholder action
Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Volume 27, Issue 8, pages 765–781, August 2006
How to Cite
Eesley, C. and Lenox, M. J. (2006), Firm responses to secondary stakeholder action. Strat. Mgmt. J., 27: 765–781. doi: 10.1002/smj.536
- Issue online: 22 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 16 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Received: 27 JAN 2005
- stakeholder theory;
- environmental management;
In this paper, we explore the conditions under which secondary stakeholder groups are likely to elicit positive firm responses. To this end, we build upon and advance Mitchell, Agle, and Wood's (1997) stakeholder saliency and identification framework by defining saliency in terms of actions, not perceptions, and by proposing that power, legitimacy, and urgency arise out of the nature of stakeholder–request–firm triplets. To test this framework, we build a unique dataset of over 600 secondary stakeholder actions within the United States, all concerning environmental issues over the period 1971–2003. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.