Category Archives: QCA

Surprised, anyone? Putting the debate about QCA into context

As is well known, QCA has been under intense scrutiny in recent years and subject to criticism (sometimes quite strong). I am not going to review studies on the validity of QCA that entail criticism; although it would be worthwhile … Continue reading

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The conservative QCA solution isn’t based on counterfactuals? Not so fast

When we use the Quine-McCluskey algorithm to derive a QCA solution, we can choose between the conservative, intermediate or parsimonious solution. While I do not have any figures about which solution has been produced how frequently in empirical research, it … Continue reading

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QCA is developing… apart?

At the end of last week, a two-day conference, Qualitative Comparative Analysis – Social Science Applications and Methodological Challenges, took place in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Needless to say, the recent and ongoing wave of criticism of QCA was a key … Continue reading

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How (not) to justify running a QCA

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method utilized by different disciplines in the social sciences and beyond, e.g., business economics and management. However, QCA users must still justify their choice of method more frequently than the users of other methods. … Continue reading

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Impressions from the APSA 2014, or: QCA under fire?

If this was a blog post about the #APSA2014, I would have to write about Friday night’s fire emergency at the Marriott (i.e., #APSAonfire) as the non-academic event that left a definite imprint (and affected me as one of the … Continue reading

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What is QCA? Simple question, many answers

As an approach to and method for the analysis of set relations, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) belongs in the toolbox of many social scientists (and organizational and management researchers alike). Although it has proven to be very popular, a question … Continue reading

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