Local communities at stake: A qualitative case study of managers' role in affecting community acceptance for wind power
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
A challenge related to the expansion of wind power concerns how wind power developers can foster a good relationship with local communities. Building on research on social acceptance for wind power, this thesis addresses two identified gaps. The main focus is a theoretical gap, where previous research is criticized for assuming perfectly flexible organizations when suggesting how social acceptance can be enhanced. Also, an empirical gap is addressed by studying India, a different socio-economic and socio-cultural context compared to western contexts, which previous research has focused on. The aim is to study how management’s stakeholder prioritization affects community acceptance through a qualitative case study of a large Indian wind power developer with data from semi-structured interviews with senior management and internal company reports. The results show that managers’ stakeholder prioritizations and organizational constraints affect community acceptance and that the factors that enhance community acceptance has to be adapted to the context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 36 p.
social acceptance, community acceptance, stakeholder theory, stakeholder prioritization, wind power, India
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175919DiVA: diva2:534317
Subject / course
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Jonsson, Stefan, Professor