Workplace health promotion and stakeholder positions: A Finnish case study

Ari-Matti Auvinen, Kari Kohtamäki, Antti Ilvesmäki

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Modern workplace health promotion (WHP) requires collaboration, partnerships, and alliances with both internal and external stakeholders. However, the identification of the key stakeholders as well as the systematic mapping of their views has barely been covered in the existing research literature. This article describes the stakeholders and stakeholder positions in WHP in Finland. In this study, the stakeholders were classified as internal, interface, and external stakeholders. Furthermore, based on the authors’ research, stakeholders and their positions were represented on a stakeholder map as well as by the power-interest matrix of the stakeholders. The governmental authorities play a key role in driving the strategic change toward WHP by preparing the required legislation and regulatory measures. However, both active employers and active employees can through their own work accelerate the development of new WHP services. Close collaboration between employers and employees is required at the individual workplaces. Some stakeholders, such as pension funds and occupational health services (OHS) providers, can act as important driving forces and support the strategic implementation of WHP in the workplaces. However, alone they have only limited opportunities to organize the WHP activities. Understanding the various stakeholders and the systematic mapping of their positions is essential for the successful planning and implementation of WHP activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Environmental and Occupational Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Finland
  • occupational health services
  • stakeholders
  • stakeholder analysis
  • workplace health promotion


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