A social movement perspective of stakeholder collective action and influence

Brayden King*

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This article provides a social movement theory-based explanation for the emergence and influence of corporate stakeholders. The author argues that stakeholder influence originates in the collective action of potential stakeholders. Collective action binds individual stakeholders together, assists in the formation of a common identity and interests, and provides the means for stakeholder strategic action. The author suggests three main factors that explain the emergence of stakeholder collective action and its consequent influence: mobilizing structures, corporate opportunities, and framing processes. By focusing more on the collective action necessary for stakeholder influence, we also gain a better understanding of how negotiation processes might unfold between stakeholders and corporate decision makers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-49
Number of pages29
JournalBusiness and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Collective action
  • Social movements
  • Stakeholder influence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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