The overall objective of this study is to improve the usability of the SWOT analysis. The ultimate goal is to create a procedure that can overcome its limitations by integrating it with the Hierarchised evocations technique. Specifically, respondents will be asked to express themselves in three different steps: 1. freely associating five words to each of the factors (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) 2. verbally justifying the choice of each of the evoked terms; 3. classifying them according to the importance attributed. The output is a body of items treatable qualitatively and two quantitative indicators for each associated element: its frequency of appearance and the score of importance accorded to it. The intersection of these criteria, by using a similarity analysis and cognitive salience index, will identify weight, role and interdependence in respondents cognitions about each SWOT’s factor.
Keywords: SWOT Analysis; Hierarchised Evocations; Similarity Analysis; Graph Theory; Cognitive Salience Index; Mixed Methods.