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Understand organisational stakeholders

Unit 5:   Understanding Stakeholder Expectations

Unit code:           H/503/8243

QCF level 4:         BTEC Professional

Credit value:      6

Guided learning hours: 26

Unit aim

The aim of the unit is to give learners an understanding of business stakeholder expectations and the methods used to develop and improve business offerings to stakeholders.

Unit introduction

This unit will help learners understand that stakeholders are individuals or organisations that shape the operation of a business and/or are affected by the actions of the business. For example, if a retail chain decides to open a new store in a town centre location then the business itself, local government, construction companies, financiers, transport operators, customers and environmental groups are some of the stakeholders who have an interest in the development.

Primary stakeholders are those who are directly involved with the economic transactions of the business such as suppliers, employees and customers. Secondary stakeholders are not directly involved with the economic transactions of the business but have an indirect link to the business and its decisions. These stakeholders would include the general public, community groups and the news media.

Learners will understand that the interests of stakeholders may overlap. The retail store’s shareholders want to see growth and trade unions support the creation of new employment opportunities. However, the interests of stakeholders may also conflict. A new store may cause traffic congestion and retailers in other locations will see trade drawn away by any new retail development. Businesses will want to manage and reconcile the interests and expectations of different stakeholders. For example, a developer may be given permission to build new homes on condition of also building a new school and a leisure complex. Improving offerings to stakeholders and satisfying their varying interests as far as possible will ultimately support the achievement of business objectives.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

 

Learning outcomes

 

Assessment criteria

1    Understand organisational stakeholders

·         discuss the differences and similarities between organisational customers and organisational stakeholders

·        describe the features that differentiate primary and secondary organisational stakeholders

2 Understand primary and secondary stakeholder expectations

·       compare the differences and similarities between expectations of primary and secondary organisational stakeholders

·        evaluate methods of measuring achievement of primary and secondary organisational stakeholder expectations

3 Understand methods to develop and improve offerings to organisational stakeholders

·         analyse current offerings to organisational stakeholders

·         propose an improved offering to organisational stakeholders

·        evaluate the impact of improved offerings to organisational stakeholders


Programme of suggested assignments

The table below shows a programme of suggested assignments that cover the criteria in the assessment grid. This is for guidance only and it is recommended that centres either write their own assignments or adapt Excel assignments to meet local needs and resources.

 

Criteria covered

 

Assignment title

 

Scenario

 

Assessment method

1.1, 1.2

Stakeholders

You have been asked to contribute to the Business Journal a series of three articles that provide a

stakeholder analysis of businesses

You should select suitable businesses to investigate and report on:

the differences and similarities between

organisational customers and stakeholders

the differences and similarities between primary and secondary organisational stakeholders

An article describing the

different business stakeholders



Criteria covered

 

Assignment title

 

Scenario

 

Assessment method

2.1, 2.2

Stakeholder Expectations

You have been asked to contribute to the Business Journal a series

of three articles that provide a

stakeholder analysis of businesses. You should select suitable businesses to investigate and report on primary and secondary stakeholder expectations

An article describing primary and secondary stakeholder expectations

3 .1, 3.2, 3.3

Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement

You have been asked to contribute to the Business Journal a series of three articles that provide a

stakeholder analysis of businesses. You should discuss the methods used to develop and improve offerings to

organisational stakeholders

An article describing methods used to develop and improve offerings to organisational stakeholders


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