Regulatory fit and stakeholder engagement: A case study at the Partnership Welsaam Wageningen
Nowadays, organizations often feel the need to connect through internorganizational networks. These networks are often complex, many sets of views and objectives need to be taken into account. More attention is paid to increasing stakeholder engagement in these networks. The aim of this research is to gain insight into the relationship between a regulatory fit/non-fit and the presence of stakeholder engagement. There is a lot of scientific literature on the concept of regulatory focus, but there is a lack of clear and delineated literature on the concept of stakeholder engagement. Therefore, the study has a qualitative and both inductive and deductive character. The study took place in a network organization, where eight persons from a total of five different stakeholder organizations, were interviewed. The main results show three different themes of stakeholder engagement and different ways in which a regulatory fit/non-fit influences this engagement. Both a regulatory fit and a non-fit can influence the engagement in different ways. Moreover, this study also reveals organizational characteristics that seem to influence these findings. This study provides starting points for further research on themes of stakeholder engagement and the potential role that a regulatory fit/non-fit can have in enhancing engagement.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen