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Title: For the balance of stakeholders’ power and responsibility - a collaborative framework for implementing social responsibility issues in construction projects
Authors: Lin, X 
Ho, CMF 
Shen, GQP 
Keywords: Project management
Social responsibility
Stakeholder power
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Management decision, 2018, v. 56, no. 3, p. 550-569 How to cite?
Journal: Management decision 
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of a collaborative framework for balancing stakeholder power and social responsibilities in construction projects. To resolve the problems of unclear responsibility that is common in construction projects, the framework is designed to help stakeholders identify their roles in various issues and to facilitate collaborative endeavours by elucidating their responsibilities.
Design/methodology/approach – The framework is designed using a scientific approach based on a problem-solution paradigm. It is developed as a model that would provide strategies for responding to various issues and that would also balance stakeholder responsibilities with power. A case study is conducted to validate the framework in an ongoing real estate project in China.
Findings – The effectiveness of the framework is validated from the case study, which found that the engagement of stakeholders is improved by adopting the framework. It is also found that use of the framework led to enhancement of communication and trust, and better collaboration through a collective form of responsibility.
Originality/value – The study provides valuable insights into stakeholder collaboration on social responsibility issues in construction projects. The dynamic nature of stakeholders is addressed, and an easy-to-follow framework is offered for use in construction projects.
ISSN: 0025-1747
DOI: 10.1108/MD-05-2016-0275
Rights: © Emerald Publishing Limited
The following publication Xue Lin, Christabel Man-Fong Ho, Geoffrey Qiping Shen, (2018) "For the balance of stakeholders’ power and responsibility: A collaborative framework for implementing social responsibility issues in construction projects", Management Decision, Vol. 56 Issue: 3, pp.550-569 is available at
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