Stakeholder managament for sustainable campus development
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The topic of this thesis is stakeholder management of sustainable campus development. The purpose is to investigate the challenges related to stakeholder management of sustainable campus development and potential measures to improve this management. The thesis has an exploratory research design, using a qualitative research approach. Stakeholder management and sustainability was investigated through three cases, the University of Stavanger (UiS), the University of Oslo (UiO) and The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Data collection was conducted mainly through literature search and semi-structured interviews. Theory states that stakeholder involvement is essential for a successful sustainable campus development. Stakeholder engagement is additionally highlighted in the sustainable campus best practices of various networks for campus sustainability, such as the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). However, literature on stakeholder involvement in a sustainable campus context is limited. The results presented in this thesis suggest that conflicting interests between stakeholders is a central challenge of stakeholder management for sustainable campus development. Also, a large institution such as a university has a high number of stakeholders which could complicate stakeholder management. Findings suggest that the challenges of stakeholder management at UiO and NTNU are mainly related to conflicting interests. Visible strategies and clear leadership, as well as communication and dialogue are highlighted as important conditions for improving this management. For UiS, central challenges of stakeholder management are related to the lack of someone in charge of sustainable efforts as well as the absence of a sustainability strategy. Improvement measures for stakeholder management involves developing a sustainability strategy and hire a sustainability director who has the senior responsibility for sustainable activities and initiatives at UiS.
Master's thesis in Industrial economics