Stakeholder Analysis Questions

These questions are useful for analyzing your Stakeholders. You can use the questions to help you complete the stakeholder power/interest matrix or to assess the salience of a stakeholder.
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Questions for assessing stakeholder importance/legitimacy

  • How much influence does the stakeholder have?
  • Is the stakeholder more or less influential in certain areas/capacities?
  • Do they have legal rights?
  • How could they hinder us?
  • Have we come across the stakeholder before? What was their involvement/status?
  • What responsibilities do we have to this stakeholder?
  • What are the stakes for this stakeholder?

Questions for stakeholder motivation

  • What are the stakeholder's expectations?
  • What exactly is the stakeholder's interest?
  • What are they interested in?
  • What are they expecting to gain?
  • What are their concerns?

Questions to help develop a stakeholder engagement strategy

  • What does this stakeholder need?
  • What would be quick wins for this stakeholder?
  • What are their long term issues/concerns?
  • What actions could we take to address the stakeholders concerns?
  • What would be a win/win outcome for us/our business and this stakeholder?

Stakeholder Analysis Questions - References

Bucholtz, A. K. and Carroll, A. B. 2012. Business and Society , Ethics and Stakeholder Management. 8th edition. South-Western. Cengage Learning. Latest edition.

Young, T. L. 2013. Successful Project Management (Creating Success), 4th Edition. Kogan Page. 2016. Stakeholder Management Templates. Blank Mapping Template and Basic Stakeholder Analysis Template. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 February 2016].

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