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date: 13 November 2019

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Given the tremendous growth in empirical inquiries into Business and Society (BAS) phenomenon, the use of archival datasets in BAS research is pervasive. A sizeable portion of this research involves measurement of BAS constructs using data. The purpose of this chapter is to review the more commonly used datasets in BAS research. The intent is to provide researchers with sufficient information to choose the most appropriate database for their projects. We review key methodological issues such as measurement error, validity, and reliability affecting most archival datasets. We then provide overviews of some of the most effective and commonly used databases in BAS research plus citations to several articles that have used them. In our review, we address coverage, areas of inquiry, size of the database, and other relevant factors. Finally, we tabulate the database we reviewed including our assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.

Keywords: business and society, archival datasets, measurement error, validity, reliability, KLD, Asset4, TruCost, Sustainalytics, BoardEx

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