Friday, February 24, 2012


Kim at Wolf Trap Opera in a blog post mentioned that "stakeholders" made her think "of someone holding a sharp stick and threatening me with it :))" "Stakeholders" were big back when we were supposedly reengineering business processes--we were supposed to identify the stakeholders and get their buy-in.  That's difficult and often didn't happen.

But how did "stake holder" evolve into its current meaning from the original meaning of a neutral party who has temporary custody of the bets/stakes of contestants?

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