Evaluating Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Strategic Maturity: Some Methodological Options

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In this chapter, we share our methodological perspectives on research into the strategic maturity of corporate responsibility. The original research aimed to explore the concept of strategic maturity in the context of corporate responsibility of the companies in the PSI-20 index of the Lisbon Stock Exchange, as well as the contribution of these companies to the creation of sustainable value in Portugal. The study contributed theoretically to the knowledge about strategic corporate responsibility and its critical success factors. Methodologically, it opened new perspectives thanks to the combination of research techniques. From a practical point of view, it contributed to the development of new diagnostic tools. In this chapter, we clarify the entire research framework (questions, objectives and contributions), introduce the research design and the reasons for choosing a mixed methods research strategy using a sequential explanatory model. We conclude by presenting our approach to data collection and analysis, participant selection, and we reflect on the validity and usefulness of this research model and strategy.


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  1. 1.ISEG—Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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