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Adm. Sci. 2014, 4(1), 15-34; doi:10.3390/admsci4010015
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Managing Relational Legacies: Lessons from British Columbia, Canada

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Received: 30 September 2013; in revised form: 23 December 2013 / Accepted: 31 December 2013 / Published: 8 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organizations, Stakeholders and Public Affairs)
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Abstract: Issues related to company-community relations and the social license to operate have emerged as strategic business issues. This paper aims to contribute to the growing body of research on long-term company-community relations. An analysis of the relationship between Alcan (Aluminum of Canada, Montréal, Canada part of Rio Tinto since 2007) with the Cheslatta Carrier First Nation in the Kemano-Kitimat area of northern British Columbia, Canada, provides three contributions. The first is related to the notion of relational legacy, which refers to the sedimentation of unresolved issues that have the potential to impede the realization of corporate activities and the reproduction of low levels of social license to operate. The second concerns stakeholder management. While the literature suggests that stakeholders should be managed by companies according to the degree of salience, this analysis suggests that researchers and managers should consider the evolution of the environmental context in their analyses. Third, the analysis suggests that small or marginalized groups, depicted by the stakeholder management literature as dormant stakeholders, should not be underestimated.
Keywords: stakeholders; relational legacy; community engagement; community relations; controversy; social license to operate; social acceptance; local communities; sustainability; Aboriginal stakeholders; relational legacy; community engagement; community relations; controversy; social license to operate; social acceptance; local communities; sustainability; Aboriginal
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Baba, S.; Raufflet, E. Managing Relational Legacies: Lessons from British Columbia, Canada. Adm. Sci. 2014, 4, 15-34.

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Baba S, Raufflet E. Managing Relational Legacies: Lessons from British Columbia, Canada. Administrative Sciences. 2014; 4(1):15-34.

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Baba, Sofiane; Raufflet, Emmanuel. 2014. "Managing Relational Legacies: Lessons from British Columbia, Canada." Adm. Sci. 4, no. 1: 15-34.

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