Define: Stakeholders

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Definition: Stakeholders

Quick Summary of Stakeholders

A general term devised to indicate all those who might have a legitimate interest in receiving financial information about a business because they have a ‘stake’ in it.

What is the dictionary definition of Stakeholders?

Dictionary Definition

A stakeholder is a party that has an interest in a company and can either affect or be affected by the business.


Full Definition of Stakeholders

A person, group or organisation that has interest or concern in an organisation.
Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organisation’s actions, objectives and policies.

Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources.


Examples of Stakeholders in a sentence

If you feel that a company is going to perform really well in future, you may want to consider becoming a stakeholder in the organisation.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Stakeholders. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. November 15, 2019
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Stakeholders. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: November 15, 2019).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.