Participation in multi-party systems dealing with complex problems: An empirical test in a natural experiment

P.L. Curseu, Sandra G. L. Schruijer

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Abstract

Multiparty systems are often asked to deal with wicked problems (ill defined, complex, fluid). Previous research has emphasized the important role of stakeholder representation and participation in these settings. We report the results of an empirical test of the effect of stakeholder participation on systemic goal achievement and multi-party dynamics in a natural experiment setting using a behavioral simulation. We report the results obtained in two similar behavioral simulations in which 44 professionals participated who were enrolled in a business school. In one of the simulations a ‘party exclusion dynamic’ evolved. As the two simulations had a similar baseline, the same number of participants distributed in a similar manner among seven stakeholder parties in each simulation, this stakeholder exclusion dynamic allowed us to test the effect of stakeholder participation on goal achievement and systemic dynamics. Our results show that stakeholder exclusion prevents systemic goal achievement, disrupts collaboration and induces systemic powerlessness.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventEuropean Academy of Management Conference EURAM - Lissabon, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

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ConferenceEuropean Academy of Management Conference EURAM
CountryPortugal
CityLissabon
Period26/06/1928/06/19

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Curseu, P. L., & Schruijer, S. G. L. (2019). Participation in multi-party systems dealing with complex problems: An empirical test in a natural experiment. Paper presented at European Academy of Management Conference EURAM, Lissabon, Portugal.