Edited by Robert A. Phillips
2009 marked the 25th anniversary of R. Edward Freeman’s Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach – the locus classicus of modern stakeholder theory. The volume you hold contains the reflections of the best stakeholder scholars in the world on the occasion of this anniversary. Though my name is on the front, this book would not have been possible without the contributions of the authors. The vast majority of the credit – and my personal gratitude – goes to them. Each of them is a remarkably accomplished scholar with myriad alternative opportunities for their time and outlets for their work. I am honored by their willingness to contribute to this project. The collection benefitted importantly from conversations on earlier drafts. In its earliest iteration, several of the authors participated in a symposium at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in 2009 in Chicago entitled ‘Stakeholder Theory’s Silver Anniversary: Freeman ’84 @ 25’. Later in the process, Ed Freeman was gracious enough to devote a session of his doctoral seminar on stakeholder theory to the work contained in this volume. Participants included Bret Crane, Eugene Geh, Megan Hess, Ali Ishrat, Adrian Keevil, and Lauren Purnell. Tom Jones was visiting the Darden School at the time and attended the session, which, in this case, took place at Freeman’s home in the idyllic wooded hills outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. In the words of Adrian Keevil, it was ‘… one for the front of the brochure’. Many of the ideas from this session were relayed to the authors during the revision...