Handbook of Research Methods in Corporate Social Responsibility
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Handbook of Research Methods in Corporate Social Responsibility

Edited by David Crowther and Linne Lauesen

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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Chapter 3: Imperative of meta-study for research in the field of corporate social responsibility and emerging issues in corporate governance

Lukman Raimi


Meta-study is a relevant analytical tool for studying emerging issues in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) because of heterogeneous and conflicting research findings. When viewed as a methodological approach in CSR research, a meta-study has four sequential and reinforcing stages, namely: meta-method, meta-theory, meta-data analysis and meta-synthesis. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss meta-study as a useful technique for research, its stages and justifications for adopting a meta-study in CSR research. The chapter contribution discusses the steps involved in conducting a CSR research using meta-study. The implication of the chapter is that a meta-study gives a deeper, reliable and richer outcome compared with an individual research finding. The implication of the conclusion is that the insights gained from meta-study serve as legitimate sources of knowledge for researchers in the field of CSR for synthesizing findings from both qualitative and quantitative research in the field of CSR.

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