Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 165–173 | Cite as

Mediation as an Ethical Adjunct of Stakeholder Theory

  • Marc Lampe


A driving force behind the evolution of the stakeholder concept is the potential of negative outcomes for an organization as the result of conflict between that organization and its stakeholders. Where conflict does arise between an organization and stakeholder how might it be resolved in a manner compatible with stakeholder theory? Applying feminist ethical theory as a theoretical basis for stakeholder theory, mediation provides an appropriate process for resolving such disputes in comparison to traditional adversarial strategies. This paper discusses the attributes of mediation, and its potential benefits as a method to resolve disputes between businesses and their stakeholders.

alternative dispute resolution business business ethics business and society ethics mediation social responsibility stakeholders stakeholder theory strategic management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Lampe
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  1. 1.University of San Diego, School of Business AdministrationSan DiegoU.S.A.

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