Here's a sentence taken from an executive memo, "Action item: get feedback from stakeholders on SuperDongle 9000". Is there something that can replace "stakeholder"?
The word is not being used in the first sense given in the OED:
- An independent person or organization with whom money is deposited, esp. when a number of people make a bet or other financial transaction.
If there is a finanical interest for some of the included people, it is a fuzzy one.
It is closer to the second:
- A person, company, etc., with a concern or (esp. financial) interest in ensuring the success of an organization, business, system, etc.
When I've heard it, it has usualy been directed at a vague (that is, not formally defined) group of people within an organization who have some input (often by technical necessity) or interest into a project or component of a project. These would be, e.g., programmers, technicians, sales and marketing people, project managers, operational support(IT), and so on, possibly with the addition of a 3rd party or outside group that will work with the product (e.g., Swedish Chefs would use SuperDongle 9000, since it is designed with the needs of the discerning Swedish Chef in mind).
What can be used instead of "stakeholder" in this situation? I'm looking for a term that is more inclusive of all involved, without the sense of it being a financially-related commitment.