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Stakeholder Identification in Vietnamese Private Higher Education Institutions

Vinh Q. Bui
School of Communication, International studies and Languages, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Abstract—The purpose of this study is to provide empirical insights into stakeholder identification (SI) in specific context of Vietnamese private higher education institutions (VPHEIs). Existing literature points to the pervasive relationship-centric paradigm of stakeholder identification that is applicable to higher education institutions (HEIs). This paper argues that VPHEIs need to effectively manage relationships with stakeholders who influence challenging issues that face the institutions. This paper addresses the question: how do VPHEIs identify stakeholders? Data from key informant interviews and participant observations were triangulated to compare and contrast the findings. The key finding is that VPHEIs management identify key stakeholders differently. The data indicated that interpersonal relationships influence VPHEIs management approach to stakeholder identification rather than the understanding and application of stakeholder theory.
Index Terms—Higher Education, Stakeholder identification, private university, Vietnam.

Cite: Vinh Q. Bui, "Stakeholder Identification in Vietnamese Private Higher Education Institutions," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 57-62, March 2017. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.3.1.57-62