This article provides a brief overview of stakeholder theory, clears up some widely held misconceptions, explains the importance of examining stakeholder theory from a variety of international perspectives and how this type of research will advance management theory, and introduces the other articles in the special issue.

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Copyright © 2015 Fundação Escoa de Comércio Álvares. Article first published online: 2015

DOI: 10.7819/rbgn.v17i55.2647.

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Harrison, Jeffrey S., R. Edward Freeman and Mônica Cavalcanti Sá de Abreu. “Stakeholder Theory As an Ethical Approach to Effective Management: Applying the Theory to Multiple Contexts.” Review of Business Management 17, no. 55 (2015): 858-869. https://10.7819/rbgn.v17i55.2647.