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Title: Who should take the responsibility? Stakeholders' power over social responsibility issues in construction projects
Authors: Lin, X 
Ho, CMF 
Shen, GQP 
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2017
Source: Journal of cleaner production, 15 June 2017, v. 154, p. 318-329
Abstract: Construction projects involve multiple stakeholders with different abilities that enable them to deal with the social problems that arise during the project lifecycle. This research aims to study the dynamic stakeholder power in implementing social responsibility issues in construction projects. Empirical research among Hong Kong construction industry practitioners was conducted to investigate the powers of seven stakeholders over thirty-five social responsibility issues. The data was analyzed using two-mode social network analysis methods and processed by Netminer 4. It was found from the results that internal and external stakeholders have control in different domains pertaining to social responsibility issues, but it does not mean either group has superior power. Ranked by the power status on social responsibility issues, the seven stakeholders are classified into five hierarchies: 1) governments, developers, and main contractors; 2) district councils, 3) consultants; 4) non-government organizations; 5) end users. The dynamic nature of stakeholders' powers has been elucidated by describing the power changes in different project stages, as well as in different social responsibility dimensions.
Keywords: Social responsibility
Stakeholder power
Two-mode network
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of cleaner production 
ISSN: 0959-6526
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.007
Rights: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
© 2017 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Cleaner Production. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. The definitive version Lin, X., Ho, C. M. F., & Shen, G. Q. P. (2017). Who should take the responsibility? Stakeholders' power over social responsibility issues in construction projects. Journal of cleaner production, 154, 318-329 is available at
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