We're building a feature for a website and trying to think of a hypernym for clients, partners and members so that the feature remains generic enough for re-use later on other websites.

  • Clients/partners/members of what? – ElendilTheTall Jan 30 '13 at 9:11
  • @ElendilTheTall That would depend on who we're building the website for. A law firm, for example, might have clients and partners while a not-for-profit organization might have only members and no clients (per se). We're trying to avoid having to build a separate module for every different type of organization, hence the need for a generic term. – Xhantar Jan 30 '13 at 9:31

Stakeholders would be the term.

Stakeholders : A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources.


You might try stakeholders:-

  1. (Economics, Accounting & Finance / Banking & Finance) a person or group owning a significant percentage of a company's shares
  2. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a person or group not owning shares in an enterprise but affected by or having an interest in its operations, such as the employees, customers, local community, etc.

Less sophisticated than "stakeholders" is associates.

Associate: person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc.; partner; colleague.

  • But a client cannot be termed as an associate. – Sayan Jan 30 '13 at 10:14

I was thinking about the word "organisations" but I'm not sure if it's generic enough.


Would generically referring to them as collaborators suffice?

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