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party with vested interest in firm's success a person or organization with a legitimate interest in the successful operation of a company or organization. A stakeholder may be an employee, customer, supplier, partner, or even the local community within which an organization operates.

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Definitions of ’stakeholder’ and meaning of ’stakeholder’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’stakeholder’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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