Stakeholder Theory: From foundations to new developments Summer School

Summer School


At the end of this course, students should be able to:

1.      Explain the key concepts and ideas that constitute stakeholder theory

2.      Articulate areas where scholars have reached consensus and areas where debates are ongoing

3.      Identify the main strengths and weaknesses of stakeholder theory

4.      Be able to compare and contrast stakeholder theory with theories built on traditional economic thinking

5.      Describe new trends in stakeholder theory and identify promising questions to research


The purpose of this summer school course is to familiarize participants with stakeholder theory by reviewing the key concepts, assumptions, and relationships as well as making participants aware of the various flavors of stakeholder theory research. A second objective of the course is to introduce participants to recent developments in stakeholder theory (i.e., behavioral stakeholder theory, stakeholder governance, “new” stakeholder theory integrating the resource-based view and stakeholder theory). As stakeholder theory is gaining more and more traction in the management field, work at the intersection of stakeholder theory and more established streams of research is growing fast. Hopefully, at the end of the course, participants will have a good grasp of what stakeholder theory is and will have a solid starting point to integrate this theory in their own research.

The sessions will combine teaching by the course coordinator and by guest expert speakers who will talk about their own research and share their view on the recent developments in stakeholder theory.

The course aims to be interactive. We will discuss in-depth the assigned readings, identifying strengths and weaknesses of these papers, drawing linkages between or contrasting ideas, and in general attempting to understand and integrate the existing research. Your preparation and active participation are crucial to creating and harvesting the value of the course.


Pass/fail based on:

  • Participation in class   50%
  • 2 summaries of a paper on the reading list   50%


A reading list will be available on Canvas.

Additional info

For the timetable of this course, please click here. The timetable is in the local time of Rotterdam, which is CEST (UTC+02:00).

This course is held fully online.

ERIM PhD candidates (full-time/part-time): Please register on OSIRIS Student using your Student ERNA.
RSM/ESE faculty members with ERIM membership: Please fill in the online registration form.
External (non-ERIM) doctoral students: Please fill in the online registration form by 9 June 2023.

Please note that the number of places for this course is limited. In case the number of registrations exceeds the number of available seats, priority is given to ERIM PhD candidates.

This course is free of charge for ERIM PhD candidates (full-time and part-time) and RSM/ESE faculty members with ERIM membership. For other participants, the course fee is 500 euro.

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