Title: Prerequisites for decision aid in socially responsible investment appraisals

Authors: Sara Vickman; Aron Larsson; Leif Olsson

Addresses: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Forum 100, SE-164 40 Kista, Sweden; Department of Information Technology and Media, Mid Sweden University, SE-851 70 Sundsvall, Sweden ' Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Forum 100, SE-164 40 Kista, Sweden; Department of Information Technology and Media, Mid Sweden University, SE-851 70 Sundsvall, Sweden ' Department of Information Technology and Media, Mid Sweden University, SE-851 70 Sundsvall, Sweden

Abstract: This paper explores investment appraisals restrained by various sources of uncertainty and influenced by socially responsible investment (SRI) thinking. Of particular interest in this paper is to assess the additional aspects of investment appraisals that derive from SRI thinking together with the multiple sources of uncertainty arising in such decision problems. We assess characteristics of how managers' try to account for corporate social responsibility, how they cope with evaluating upon objectives beyond monetary return on investment and how they manage uncertainty and the source of the uncertainties they emphasise. We conclude that organisations are generally exposed to and also consider both aleatory and epistemic uncertainty. There is a mix of macro and micro variables creating a diversified environment where valuation methods such as real options in combination with decision analysis modelling could help in structuring the problem and provide informed decision making.

Keywords: investment analysis; multicriteria decision analysis; MCDA; real options; socially responsible investments; SRIs; corporate social responsibility; CSR; exploratory study; investment appraisals; uncertainty; modelling; decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEME.2012.052405

International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2012 Vol.3 No.4, pp.359 - 377

Published online: 01 Mar 2013 *

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