What is COMPASSS?
COMPASSS (COMPArative Methods for Systematic cross-caSe analySis) is a worldwide network bringing together scholars and practitioners who share a common interest in theoretical, methodological and practical advancements in a systematic comparative case approach to research which stresses the use of a configurational logic, the existence of multiple causality and the importance of a careful construction of research populations. It was launched in 2003, and its management was re-organized in 2008 and 2012 to better accommodate the growing needs in the field.
Its main goal is to further develop systematic comparative case analysis as a genuine and established research strategy to study many different and diverse phenomena. Its ‘core business’ is the further development and application of “configurational comparative” and set-theoretical methods (crisp-set QCA, multi-value QCA, fuzzy-set QCA, and linked methods and techniques).
It is also a place of dialogue and fruitful confrontation between qualitative (case-oriented) and quantitative (variable-oriented) methods, as well as a locus for the integration of these methods and the further development and application of original approaches, methods and techniques, in an endeavour to develop an overall approach for systematic comparative case analysis. It strives to be a place of exchange between scholars from a broad range of disciplines across the social and behavioural sciences and beyond.
Apart from the management of this international resource site, the COMPASSS core group also organizes seminars, manages a bibliographical and data archive, produces publications and is engaged in software development.
Help is always welcome! If you wish to actively contribute to the development of COMPASSS, please contact Benoît Rihoux.
Submitting News and Announcements
If you have news or announcements of interest to the CCM community, such as upcoming conference panels, new publication, awards, etc, please email Claude Rubinson. When submitting publications, please include the URL and/or DOI as appropriate; that’s the easiest and fastest way to update our bibliographies.
From November 2016 onwards, COMPASSS is managed by three circles of persons. The COMPASSS Management Team manages and ensures the overall coherence of the COMPASSS website. Key tasks include web management, collecting information for the regular COMPASSS newsletter, collecting information on new publications and activities, as well as running the COMPASSS Working Paper series.
- Benoît RIHOUX (University of Louvain, Belgium): legal representative, newsletters
- Claude RUBINSON (University of Houston-Downtown, USA): managing editor COMPASSS WP series, bibliography, and website
- Samuel DEFACQZ (University of Louvain, Belgium): address database
- Priscilla ÁLAMOS-CONCHA (Antwerp Management School, Belgium; University of Louvain, Belgium): address database
- Elin MONSTAD (University of Bergen, Norway): address database
The members of the COMPASSS Steering Committee set the overall direction of the organization and oversees the work of the Management Team. Members of the Steering Committee are elected from the Advisory Board by the Advisory Board.
- Konan Anderson SENY KAN (University of Otago, New Zealand): co-chair of Steering Committee
- Eva THOMANN (University of Exeter, UK): co-chair of Steering Committee
- Adrian DUŞA (University of Bucharest, Romania)
- Peer FISS (USC-Marshall School of Business, USA)
- Wendy OLSEN (University of Manchester, UK)
- Charles C. RAGIN (University of California, Irvine, USA)
- Sophia SEUNG-YOON LEE (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
- Claudius WAGEMANN (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
The COMPASSS Advisory Board is composed of a broad set of scholars and practioners with expertise in QCA/STMs/CCMs and reflects the diversity of the methods across substantive fields, disciplines, and demographics. Members of the Advisory Board act as a sounding board for the Steering Committee and Management Team, and provide input and suggestions for further improving COMPASSS.
- Ruth V. AGUILERA (Northeastern University, USA)
- Adrian ALBALA (University of Brasilia)
- Michael BAUMGARTNER (University of Bergen, Norway)
- Barbara BEFANI (University of East Anglia, UK)
- Dirk BERG-SCHLOSSER (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)
- Damien BOL (King’s College London, UK)
- Bart CAMBRE (Antwerp Management School, Belgium)
- Pablo CASTILLO ORTIZ(University of Sheffield, UK)
- Barry COOPER (Durham University, UK)
- Donal CRILLY (London Business School, UK)
- Lasse CRONQVIST (University of Trier, Germany)
- Alessia DAMONTE (University of Milan, Italy)
- Hai Phu DO (Institute of State Organizations MOHA, Vietnam)
- Yunzhou DU (Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
- Jan DUL (Rotterdam School of Management the, Netherlands)
- David FAN (University of Western Australia, Australia)
- Manuel FISCHER (EAWAG, Switzerland)
- Taisuke FUJITA (Nagasaki University, Japan)
- Santi FURNARI (Cass Business School, UK)
- Judith GLAESSER (University of Tübingen, Germany)
- Gary GOERTZ (University of Notre Dame, USA)
- Thomas GRECKHAMER (Louisiana State University, USA)
- Airo HINO (Waseda University, Japan)
- Felix HÖRISCH (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
- Ronggui HUANG (Fudan University, PR China)
- Atsushi ISHIDA (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)
- Gregory JACKSON (FU Berlin, Germany)
- Bojana LOBE (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
- Martino MAGGETTI (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
- Axel MARX (KU Leuven, Belgium)
- Amy Gale MAZUR (Washington State University, USA)
- Iván MEDINA (University of Valencia, Spain)
- Patrick A. MELLO (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
- Johannes MEUER (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
- Kim Sass MIKKELSEN (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
- Vilmos MISANGYI (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
- Kazuto MISUMI (Kyushu University, Japan)
- Daisuke MORI (Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Thi Thuy Hang NGUYEN (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam)
- Na NI (Shenzhen University, PR China)
- Zenonas NORKUS (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
- Ioana-Elena (Nena) OANA (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)
- Sofia PAGLIARIN (University of Bamberg, Germany)
- Valérie PATTYN (Leiden University, Netherlands)
- Anibal PEREZ-LINÁN (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
- Ingo ROHLFING (University of Bremen/Jacobs University, Germany)
- Christian RUPIETTA (Wuppertal University, Germany)
- Carsten SCHNEIDER (Central European University, Hungary)
- Martin SCHNEIDER (University of Paderborn, Germany)
- Barbara VIS (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
- Alina VLADIMIROVA (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)
- Lesley WATSON (American Cancer Society, USA)
- Arch G. WOODSIDE (Boston College, USA)