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The latest RICS professional guidance note Stakeholder engagement is available to download to APM members.

The guidance, jointly commissioned by APM, outlines the principles of effective stakeholder engagement.

Written by Donnie MacNicol, Guy Giffin and Paul Mansell the guidance:

  • Introduces the topic
  • Discusses emerging stakeholder terminology
  • Outlines stakeholder management capabilities
  • Provides the results of a specially commissioned survey
  • Gives an overview of related RICS and APM resources

Stakeholder engagement was jointly commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and APM following research which revealed that 80% of project professionals felt insufficient resources were being committed to develop the discipline.

Writing in a recent APM blog, author Donnie MacNicol said: “The aim of the guide is to de-mystify the topic and to outline 10 principles which underpin the successful management of stakeholder expectations, communications and behaviour.

“The document can be viewed as ‘nuggets of advice’ that have come from a trusted colleague or mentor. You will find something, if not many things, to reflect upon in your own practice and hopefully useful ideas to take on board.”

The 10 principles are currently being used by the Oxford Chapter of APM’s Thames Valley branch to produce a ‘work package’ that looks at barriers to stakeholder engagement as well as practical solutions.

The subject was also discussed at the APM/RICS Project Leadership Conference, held in London earlier in the year.


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  1. Benedict Pinches
    Benedict Pinches 04 October 2014, 02:05 PM

    I think you're being a bit harsh Pat. The Guide is a good start to opening the discussion about the importance of stakeholder engagement in project management, and has not been set up to be a definitive guide. I believe it will be welcomed by APM members.For the record, it's probably useful for viewers of this site to understand that you have a commercial interest in promoting your own view of stakeholder management, and therefore it is difficult for you to be entirely objective.

  2. Patrick Weaver
    Patrick Weaver 03 October 2014, 11:57 AM

    Is the first edition of the RICS / APM guidance note on Stakeholder Engagement is a missed opportunity; see: