Stakeholder Identification

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What is Stakeholder Identification?

Stakeholder identification is the process of identifying and analyzing the individuals, groups, or organizations who have a stake or an interest in a project or an organization. Stakeholders can be internal or external to the organization and can include employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, regulators, and other parties that are affected by or can affect the project or the organization. The result should be a list of all stakeholders. [1]

Stakeholder identification is an important step in the planning and management of a project or an organization, as it helps to identify the needs, expectations, and potential impact of different stakeholders, and to develop strategies for engaging and managing them.

There are several methods and techniques that can be used to identify stakeholders, including:

  • Brainstorming: A group discussion or individual brainstorming session to generate a list of potential stakeholders.
  • Interviews: Individual or group interviews with people who are likely to have knowledge or insights about the stakeholders.
  • Surveys: A structured questionnaire or survey to gather information about the stakeholders and their interests.
  • Focus groups: A moderated discussion with a small group of people to explore the perspectives and experiences of different stakeholders.
  • Document analysis: A review of existing documents, such as reports, policies, or contracts, to identify stakeholders and their interests.

Once stakeholders have been identified, they can be analyzed and categorized based on their level of influence, level of interest, and potential impact on the project or the organization. This can help to prioritize stakeholders and develop strategies for engaging and managing them.

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