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A metamodern stakeholder relationship management model for non-profit organisations

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dc.contributor.advisor Barker, Rachel Meyer, Irma 2018-04-20T11:05:04Z 2018-04-20T11:05:04Z 2017-11
dc.identifier.citation Meyer, Irma (2017) A metamodern stakeholder relationship management model for non-profit organisations, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description.abstract Theorists and management in the South African non-profit sector agree that strong stakeholder relationships are essential in negotiating the challenges faced by the South African non-profit sector. Despite the acknowledgement from the non-profit sector that strong relationships are key to achieving organisational goals, there is an apparent lack of knowledge and strategic thinking amongst them pertaining to the concept of stakeholder relationship management. Against this background the purpose of this study was therefore to develop a metamodern model for stakeholder relationship management, aimed specifically at the South African non-profit sector, that could be implemented by NPO management in a practical manner. The blurring lines between the opposing views of modernism versus postmodernism motivated the choice of metamodernism as a relevant worldview for this study. Metamodernism does not imply a balance between these poles, but rather a constant swinging of the pendulum during which metamodernism negotiates between modernism and postmodernism. It is the construction of a workable, interrelated worldview, recognising the intimate relationship between modernism and postmodernism. It was therefore concluded that a metamodern worldview in which both modernism and postmodernism feature, would not only make it possible for nonprofit organisation managers to understand and join the discussion on stakeholder relationship management, but also to implement the proposed metamodern stakeholder relationship management model. The resultant metamodern stakeholder relationship management model for non-profit organisations is framed by so-called modernistic communication and stakeholder relationship management theories, but it was done in line with the metamodern worldview of the study, allowing for initiative and innovation. The flexible, organic and cyclic nature of the proposed model echoes this worldview. A qualitative, exploratory and interpretative research design was implemented to test a conceptual framework and face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with senior management in the non-profit sector. The design of the framework and subsequent model was guided by a number of assumptions and propositions arising from a thorough literature review, all of which were supported and confirmed by the research results. The most significant contribution of the study is the application of a metamodern worldview emanating from a reluctance to choose between a modern or postmodern stance when discussing communication science and stakeholder relationship management practices. It is therefore foreseen that it would offer the field of communication science new and creative means of combining modernism and postmodernism approaches when studying communication phenomena. It will also expand the responsibility for communication and stakeholder relationship management beyond that of the communication specialists to senior management in the non-profit sector. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xviii, 498 leaves) : color illustrations en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Public relations en
dc.subject Corporate communication en
dc.subject Communication management en
dc.subject Stakeholder theory en
dc.subject Stakeholder relationship management en
dc.subject Organisational stakeholder relationship en
dc.subject Stakeholder en
dc.subject Strategic stakeholder en
dc.subject Stakeholder-centricity en
dc.subject Non-profit organisations en
dc.subject Modernism en
dc.subject Postmodernism en
dc.subject Metamodernism en
dc.subject Systems theory en
dc.subject Integrated communication en
dc.subject Excellence theory en
dc.subject Two-way model of mixed-motive communication en
dc.subject.ddc 658.0480968
dc.subject.lcsh Nonprofit organization -- South Africa -- Management en
dc.subject.lcsh Nonprofit organization -- Public relations -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Business communication -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in organization en
dc.title A metamodern stakeholder relationship management model for non-profit organisations en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Communication Science en D. Litt. et Phil. (Communication) en

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