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Handbook of Research Methods in Corporate Social Responsibility

Edited by David Crowther, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, UK and Linne Lauesen, CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Corporate social responsibility now touches upon most aspects of the interaction between business and society. The approaches taken to research in this area are as varied as the topics that are researched; yet this is the first book to address the whole range of methods available. The book identifies the methods available, evaluates their use and discusses the circumstances in which they might be appropriate. It also includes forward-thinking guidance from experienced academics on the future directions of research in the area.
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Publication Date: December 2017
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  • Business and Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
Corporate social responsibility now touches upon most aspects of the interaction between business and society. The approaches taken to research in this area are as varied as the topics that are researched; yet this is the first book to address the whole range of methods available. The Handbook identifies the methods available, evaluates their use and discusses the circumstances in which they might be appropriate.

The design of a research project is an essential part of undertaking research, as is choosing appropriate methods for investigation and analysis. In addition, business and management research raises theoretical and practical problems that are not encountered in other fields. The chapters address this challenge over distinct parts. Part I on methodology planning is concerned with various aspects of planning the research project, including secondary data and ethics in the research process. Parts II and III outline quantitative and qualitative methods respectively, covering the vast majority of relevant approaches. Part IV provides forward-thinking guidance from experienced academics on the future directions of research in the area.

Aimed specifically at researchers, this comprehensive and in-depth Handbook provides and essential resource for anyone working at the forefront of CSR research.
Contributors include: K. Abadi, G.K. Amoako, A. Behl, S. Bhattacharya, C. Boachie, N. Capaldi, J.G. Clavel, J. Claydon, D. Crowther, F. de Paiva Duarte, M. Green, J. Gunawan, M.A. Islam, R. Kalinauskait?, H.Z. Khan, Md.R. Khan, L.M. Lauesen, S. Moggi, E. Ortiz, I. Oruc, D.E.R. Ospina, J.F.M. Ospina, L. Raimi, J.D. Rendtorff, F. Robertson, M. Samy, S. Seifi, H. Semeen, M. Sethi, H.J. Shaw, J.J.A. Shaw, L. Tauginien?, D. Turker, V.G. Venkatesh, K. Yekini, V. Žydži?nait?
Contents:

Introduction
David Crowther and Linne Marie Lauesen

PART I: METHODOLOGY PLANNING
1. Grounded theory in corporate social responsibility research
Vilma Žydži?nait? and Loreta Tauginien?

2. Using a mixed methods approach for corporate social responsibility research
Jane Claydon

3. Imperative of meta-study for research in the field of corporate social responsibility and emerging issues in corporate governance
Lukman Raimi

4. Ethics in the research process
David Crowther

5. Research methods in organization, management and management accounting: an evaluation of quantitative and qualitative approaches
Miriam Green

6. Methodological and epistemological perspectives in the study of corporate social responsibility in Colombia
Duván Emilio Ramírez Ospina and José Fernando Muñoz Ospina

PART II: QUANTITATIVE METHODS
7. Game theory as a research tool for sustainability
Shahla Seifi

8. Key concerns in longitudinal study design
Rima Kalinauskait?

9. Sampling and sampling procedures in corporate social responsibility research
Habib Zaman Khan and Md. Rashidozzaman Khan

10. Food deserts in British cities: comparing food access, obesity, and ethnicity in Leicester and Stoke on Trent
Hillary Shaw

11. The application of statistical methods in CSR research
Christopher Boachie and George K. Amoako

12. Regression techniques and its application in the corporate social responsibility domain: an overview
Sonali Bhattacharya, Madhvi Sethi, Abhishek Behl and V.G. Venkatesh

PART III: QUALITATIVE METHODS

13. Analytic autoethnography as a tool to enhance reflection, reflexivity and critical thinking in CSR research
Fernanda de Paiva Duarte

14. Insights regarding the applicability of semiotics to CSR communication research
Kemi C. Yekini

15. Ethnographic research methods in CSR research: building theory out of people’s everyday life with materials, objects, practices, and symbolic constructions
Linne Marie Lauesen

16. Interviews as an instrument to explore management motivation for corporate social and environmental reporting
Homaira Semeen and Muhammad Azizul Islam

17. Participant observation as the data collection tool and its usage in the CSR researches
Ilke Oruc

18. Application of correspondence analysis to determinants of human resources disclosure
Esther Ortiz and José G. Clavel

19. The application of survey methodology in CSR research
Christopher Boachie

20. Content analysis method: a proposed scoring for quantitative and qualitative disclosures
Juniati Gunawan and Kumalawati Abadi

21. Focus groups in social accounting as a stakeholder engagement tool
Sara Moggi

22. A phenomenological study of moral discourse, social justice and CSR
Julia J.A. Shaw

23. Social network analysis in CSR research
Duygu Turker

24.Theoretical storytelling as meta-frame for all research methods in corporate social responsibility
Linne Marie Lauesen

PART IV: FUTURE RESEARCH AGENDA
25. Philosophical prolegomena to all future research in CSR
Nicholas Capaldi

26. Beyond strategic CSR: the concept of responsibility as the foundation of ethics: political, technological and economic responsibility for the future of humanity
Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

27. From positivism to social constructivism: an emerging trend for CSR researchers
Martin Samy and Fiona Robertson

Index