All-Source Stakeholder Mapping
In cases of investment, legal investigation, the establishment of a partnership or security operations that are especially sensitive, it may pay to conduct a thorough stakeholder analysis. This will help you to see the manner in which opposing interests influence the kinds of information parties around you are willing to share and who amongst them are the most relevant to you. This can in turn help you identify where denial or deception may be at play, or to help you find new profitable courses of action.
In our current Networked Society, influence is – in many cases – no longer concentrated at only a handful of actors, but instead shared between many parties that may be very different in expertise, opinions, and culture. A forward-looking organization will therefore want to be aware of the intricate ways in which the stakeholders relevant to them function and are related to one another. An overview of such relations can change your whole perception of a situation, and may show the influence of adversarial parties to be farther reaching (or less far!) than could have been supposed at first glance.