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 7: Game theory as a research tool for sustainability

Shahla Seifi


Game theory was invented in 1928 and since then has been used extensively as a mathematical tool and within the economic and political strategy arenas. It provides a strategic decision-making tool and is also used extensively within business for strategic planning purposes. It has never, however, been used as a research tool for corporate social responsibility (CSR). In this chapter the author explains the principles of the theory and its application and shows how its utility comes from its explanatory power; she therefore argues its relevance and shows how it can be used to further research within CSR.

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