HIVA03141U Cph: Stakeholder analysis - Elective module

Volume 2014/2015
Master's programme in Information Science and Cultural Communication, Copenhagen

Stakeholder analysis

Organizations, whether public or private, comprise and are surrounded by stakeholders with diverging interests. This course provides an understanding of fundamental concepts and methods of stakeholder analysis as applied to organizations that works with digital information and communication. The goal is to give the student the ability to critically discuss stakeholder theory and methods and use the theories and methods in a meaningful stakeholder analysis.

The course introduces to stakeholder theory based on the literature and focuses on the differences between descriptive, instrumental and normative stakeholder analysis, addressing and problematizing how management, organization, organizational processes and digital experience design can be understood from the stakeholder perspective.

Special focus is given to cases that involves new digital information and communication technologies (e.g. digital libraries, digital companies, and digital media organizations).

Learning Outcome

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • A specific subject within library and information science.
  • Relevant theories and methods related to the module's theme.


Skills in:

  • Identifying and outlining academic issues within library and information science and make these the object of independent analysis.
  • Reflecting critically on theoretical and methodological choices ind relation to an academic issue.
  • Expanding on and putting a chosen subject field within library and information science into perspective.


Competences in:

  • Applying relevant theories and methods to a subject within library and information science.
  • Communicating a scientifically studied issue.

Sample Literature:

  • Freeman, R. E., Harrison, J. S., Wicks, A. C. (2004): Managing for stakeholders.  New Haven : Yale University Press.
  • Friedman, L. A. and Miles, S. (2006): Stakeholders: Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Mitchell, R.K., Agle, B. R. and Wood, D. J. (1997): Toward a Theory of Stakeholder Identification and Salience: Defining the Principle of Who and What Really Counts. The Academy of Management Review Vol. 22, No. 4. Oct., pp. 853-886.
  • Phillips, R. (2003): Stakeholder Theory and Organisational Ethics. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Lectures combined with workshops, exercises and tasks. An online portfolio teaching model will be used. The portfolio is not part of the final examination.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 22,5
  • Exam
  • 72
  • Preparation
  • 110,9
  • Total
  • 205,4
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Exam language: English.
Extent: 12 standard pages. Extent for group exams: See the following.
Group exam: The exam can be taken individually or as a group with individual assessment. For two students the assignment must be up to 18 standard pages, for three up to 24 standard pages, for four up to 30 standard pages and for five up to 36 standard pages. Each individual’s contribution must constitute a rounded unit that it is possible to identify individually and assess. The joint element must not exceed 50% of the total extent of the assignment.

After the examination it will be possible to meet the teacher.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period
May / June 2015
Same as ordinary exam, August 2015