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European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference

Title: Analyzing Causal Complexity: A (Neo-)Configurational Perspective on Organizations (Sub-theme 42)

Date: 5–7 July 2018

Place: Tallinn, Estonia

Description: Complex interdependencies are a common feature of organizational life. (…) In recent years, organizational researchers have aimed to account for this complexity with a theoretical shift toward understanding causally complex phenomena in a configurational manner. At the same time, there have been corresponding methodological developments aimed at tackling causal complexity, most prominently the emergence of a set-analytic perspective. (…) We believe that these developments jointly present more than a resurgence of configurational thinking or merely a new methodological approach – they suggest the emergence of a neo-configurational perspective [which] aims to understand social and organizational phenomena in set-theoretic terms. Such an approach conceptualizes cases as set theoretic configurations and allows for an analysis of multiple conjunctural causation (conjunctural causation, multifinality, equifinality and an assessment of necessity and sufficiency). In [this] current sub-theme, we (…) invite papers that contribute to a configurational understanding of organizational phenomena and welcome contributions from multiple theoretical traditions and fields of organizational studies. We encourage theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions that strive to enhance our ability to capture causal complexity and dynamic nature of configurations. We especially welcome papers deploying set-theoretic methods such as crisp and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and related set-analytic and configurational approaches.

Organizers: Bart Cambré, Peer C. Fiss and Axel Marx

Link: Details Main conference page Deadline for submission of short papers: 8 January 2018

Symposium at EURAM conference 2018 (Methodological Innovation: Necessary Condition Analysis)

Date: 20–23 June 2018

Place: Reykjavik, Iceland

Description: Panel discussion about the backgrounds of NCA and applications of NCA in HRM, Marketing/NPD, Strategy, and other business fields.

Panelists: Anabel Fernandez (University of Valencia, Spain), Sven Hauff (Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg), Zsofia Toth (Nottingham University Business School), Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Link: Conference Link

5th International QCA Expert Workshop

Date: 13 & 14 December 2017

Place: ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Description: The 5th International QCA Expert Workshop provides a venue for experienced QCA researchers to discuss the latest and most important developments around QCA. The workshop focuses exclusively on methodological and conceptual advances around QCA, not on applications of QCA in empirical research. All participants are expected to actively participate in the program. In order to allow for active participation among researchers with diverse academic backgrounds, the number of participants is limited. If you’re working on a project which you think might fit to the workshop, please contact Johannes Meuer at <>.

Prior to the QCA Expert Workshop, we are organizing an International QCA Young Researcher Workshop. This workshop allows researchers who apply QCA in their work to meet QCA experts, get feedback on their ongoing research, and learn about the latest methodological developments in QCA. Please look at the Call for Abstract for information about the submission process. Submission is possible until 18 September 2017 and we will notify selected participates by 23 October 2017.

Organizers: Manuel Fischer (eawag), Johannes Meuer (ETH Zurich), Sofia Pagliarin (WSL), Christian Rupietta (University of Wuppertal)

CFP: International QCA Young Researcher Workshop

Date: 12 December 2017

Place: ETH Zürich

Description: The International QCA Young Researchers Workshop 2017 provides a unique platform for young researchers using QCA to meet QCA experts, get feedback on their on-going research, and learn about the latest methodological developments in QCA. The workshop is interdisciplinary and interactive and allows for in-depth discussions and individual feedback from internationally renowned QCA scholars. We invite submission of abstracts from doctoral and post-doctoral students applying QCA in various fields of research (e.g., sociology, political science, management, evaluation studies, international relations, medicine, and health) as well as policy and business consultants using QCA in their work. See attached flyer for complete details.

Organizers: Manuel Fischer (eawag), Johannes Meuer (ETH Zurich), Sofia Pagliarin (WSL), Christian Rupietta (University of Wuppertal)

Link: Details

10th International Conference of the Dutch HRM Network (Necessary Conditions Analysis)

Date: 9 & 10 November 2017

Place: Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Description: NCA in sustainable HRM; NCA in high performance work practices.

Presenters: Sven Hauff (Helmut Schmidt University, Germany), Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands)

Link: Conference website

QCA empirical applications workshop

Date: 12 October 2017

Place: UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Description: This workshop is focused on QCA empirical applications. Presentations typically discuss work-in-progress (at whatever stage) that exploits any variant of QCA. Researchers from all disciplines are welcome. Presentations that involve mixed/multimethods designs are also welcome as long as QCA is part of the picture. Each presentation is followed by an open discussion. The workshop is introduced by a short opening lecture by Charles Ragin. Speakers are asked to provide at least some slides and, if possible, a work-in-progress paper, so as to get more useful feedback. This workshop takes place within the framework of the « Irvine Week » at UCLouvain between 9 and 13 October 2017. This Irvine Week is supported by a bilateral scheme between UCIrvine and UCLouvain; several UCIrvine scholars including Charles Ragin will be present on the Louvain-la-Neuve campus during that specific week. Attendance is free of charge.

Organizers: Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain; contact person for presentations –, Priscilla Álamos-Concha (UCLouvain; contact person for attendance without presentation – ), Samuel Defacqz (UCLouvain)

Link: Details

Workshop “Handling complexity in data: crossing ongoing developments of statistical and set-theoretic tools”

Date: 11 October 2017

Place: UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Description: How to directly tackle complexity in data – both in terms of descriptive (incl. visualization) and explanatory/causal analyses? Increasingly, statisticians and applied quantitative researchers have been developing tools that enable one to move beyond simple statistical models and to go for more complex models. In parallel, ‘Set-theoretic methods’ (STMs) and in particular different variants of QCA have been developing and are being increasingly applied across the social sciences. These non-statistical methods take on board some assumptions of (causal) complexity, such as non-linearity, non-additivity, causal asymmetry, ‘multiple conjunctural causation’ (equifinality), etc. This workshop ambitions to take stock of some core recent/ongoing evolutions in these two thus far largely distinct research agendas. Can some commonalities, points of convergence or complementarities be identified between the two agendas? This workshop takes place within the framework of the « Irvine Week » at UCLouvain between 9 and 13 October 2017. This Irvine Week is supported by a bilateral scheme between UCIrvine and UCLouvain; several UCIrvine scholars including Charles Ragin will be present on the Louvain-la-Neuve campus during that specific week. Attendance is free of charge.

Organizers: Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain; contact person for presentations –, Priscilla Álamos-Concha (UCLouvain; contact person for attendance without presentation – ), Samuel Defacqz (UCLouvain)

Link: Details

Link: Details

Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)

Title: Set-Theoretic Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) for IS Research

Date:August 10, 2017, 8:30AM – 12:00PM

Place: Boston, USA

Description: Call for proposals. Fused interaction of IT with organizational and environmental elements is creating a complex system, often exhibiting nonlinear, discontinuous change such that a small adjustment in IT can trigger drastic changes in other elements, and eventually the whole socio-technical system may shift to new equilibriums. In such complex dynamics, the role of IT should be understood as an element of the whole system rather than a separate independent variable and its net-effect. Notwithstanding the increasing need for a holistic systemic perspective, there is still a paucity of IS research that investigates how IT effectively works together with organizational and environmental elements to produce the expected. Recently, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is drawing increasing attention of IS researchers to its capability to investigate the complex digital phenomena and the nuanced IT role such as enabling, constraining, complementary and substituting in configurations that produce an outcome of interest (e.g., El Sawy et al. 2010; Rivard & Lapointe 2012; Dawson, Denford & Desouza 2016; Park, El Sawy & Fiss 2017; Dawson et al. 2017). QCA developed by Charles Ragin (1987) integrates the strengths of both case-oriented qualitative methods and variable-oriented quantitative methods, and can be applicable for small, medium, or large data either at the group, organization, country, or ecosystem level. This workshop will share useful QCA tips and foster discussion about how QCA can help IS researchers develop novel, richer theories.

Organizers:YoungKi Park (George Washington University), James S. Denford (Royal Military College of Canada)

Link: Workshop can be found at “Attendee Selections” tab — Thursday, August 10, 2017. No charge for registration for this workshop.

Academy of Management 2017 Meeting, QCA Workshop and Networking Event

Title: 30 years of QCA and “The Comparative Method”: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Date: 05 Aug 2017, 2:15PM-4:15PM

Place: Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Atlanta, GA, USA), Regency Ballroom VI

Description: With the occasion of the 30th anniversary of “The Comparative Method” (Ragin, 1987), the book originating Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), we invite you to join a group of leading QCA scholars with the aims of: 1) building a community; 2) learning about new developments in the QCA field; 3) discussing the realized and eventual possibilities of the QCA approach. Novice users, advanced QCA scholars, and all those interested in learning about the approach are invited to debate together the achievements of QCA research so far (taking stock retrospectively) and the promises of this innovative approach for future research (moving forward prospectively). The event will also feature the “QCA Reciprocity Network” – a structured networking exercise aimed at sharing requests and advice around QCA projects (e.g., sharing questions about QCA-related data, research design and analysis issues, ideas, etc.).

Organizers: Peer Fiss, U. of Southern California

Link: Details

Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA) 2017 Conference

Title: Quantitative and Qualitative Comparative Analysis in business

Date:28–30 June 2017

Place: ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management (Portugal)

Description: Call for papers, through the 2017 GIKA conference, for a Special issue of the Journal of Business Research on "Quantitative and Qualitative Comparative Analysis in business." Deadlines: Nov 30, 2016 for extended abstract and Feb 10, 2017 for full papers

Organizers: GIKA 2017 Committee

Link: More details

ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop

Title: Configurational Thinking in Political Science: Theory, Methodology, and Empirical Application

Date: 25–30 April 2017

Place: Nottingham (UK)

Description: Configurational approaches such as typologies and typological theories, process tracing, Comparative Historical Analysis or Qualitative Comparative Analysis have experienced increasing scholarly interest within political science over the last two decades. Deeply rooted in a case-oriented research tradition, these approaches share an understanding of the social world which essentially revolves around the ideas of the interconnectedness of simultaneous or sequential explanatory factors as well as patterns of diversity (e.g. equi- and multifinality, asymmetry, context and contingency). As such, configurational thinking clearly differs from standard quantitative perspectives offering an alternative perspective on social phenomena.

We address the issue of configurational thinking in political science from three angles. (1.) With respect to theory, we take up the call by Hall, Ragin and others asking how we can align theories and methodology with configurational thinking. (2.) On methodological grounds, we strive for further advancements of our social sciences toolkit, both regarding specific configurational approaches and multi-method research. (3.) Regarding empirical applications, we are interested in studies either related to methodology via applying configurational methods in innovative ways, and/or related to theory by demonstrating the added value of configurational thinking.

The workshop wants to serve as a forum for theorists, methodologists, and application-oriented researchers interested in configurational thinking and techniques from various political science (sub)fields. By doing so, it centrally aims at assessing the state-of-the-art of configurational approaches and delineating an agenda for future research.

Application is open from 1 Aug–1 Dec 2016.

Organizers: Joachim Blatter (Lucerne University); Markus Siewert (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Link: More details

Conference Panel at the Italian Society of Political Science

Title: Gauging for QCA

Date: 15-17 September 2016

Place: Milan (Italy)

Description: One of the most delicate issues in empirical research is that of measuring and synthesizing phenomena for the operationalization of hypotheses. Regardless of the technique, problems in the accuracy and reliability of the relationship between indicators and constructs do undermine the validity of results. The issue is especially crucial in QCA, where "raw" variables become membership scores to a property-set after a transformation into "crisp" or "fuzzy" values that mostly depend on the researcher's wisdom – and to which results are quite sensitive.

The panel encourages a debate on this and asks: - how can we understand reliability and accuracy in QCA? - what is gained and what gets lost when we rely on "coarse-grained" scores from some clustering or classifying procedure, instead than on "fine-grained" values from pegging algorithms? The panel welcomes theoretical and methodological contributions, as well as applied/empirical studies in political science.

Organizers: Alessia Damonte (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Edoardo Guaschino (Université de Lausanne)

Link: Details

Conference Panel at 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Title: Set-Theoretical Approaches and the Study of Inequality

Date: 23-28 July 2016

Place: Poznań (Poland)

Description: Set-theoretical approaches are major methodological innovations which have become increasingly popular across the social sciences opening new perspectives on the study of inequality in various fields. For instance, techniques like Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), fuzzy-set typologies, comparative historical analysis, or set coincidence analysis have been fruitfully applied to questions of inequality on a wide range of topics such as welfare-state regimes, educational systems, political participation, gender biases in parliaments, or intersectional disadvantages. Additionally, set theory provides useful strategies for concept formation and theory building.

For the proposed panel, we invite conceptual and methodological contributions, as well as empirical applications of set-theoretical methods on topics related to the main conference theme "Politics in a World of Inequality". In particular, we welcome contributions from political science and nearby disciplines focusing on: Set theory, concepts and ideal types, Regime theories, institutional complementarities and functional equivalents, Set-theoretic methods for the measurement of inequality, Fuzzy-set coincidence and compound disadvantages, and Fuzzy-set analysis with micro-level data

Organizers: Markus Siewert (Goethe University Frankfurt), Camilla Borgna (Berlin Social Science Center)

Link: Details

Conference: 32nd EGOS Colloquium (European Group for Organizational Studies)

Title: Sub-Theme 30 "The re-emergence of the Configurational Perspective in Organization Studies"

Date: 7-9 July 2016

Place: Naples (Italy)

Description: Recent years have seen a revival in studying complex organizational phenomena such as power, performance and quality based on adopting a configurational approach. Much of this re-emergence of a configurational perspective has been driven by the developments of novel thinking and tools for disentangling the complex causal relationships present in configurations, and especially the emergence of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

The goal of this subtheme is to provide a venue for rethinking our understanding of the field of organization studies in such a configurational and multidimensional manner and to offer a different way to comprehend the rich complexity of relationships that characterize organizational life. Our starting point is a perspective that emphasizes conjunctural causation (combination of conditions generates an outcome), multi-finality (same factor can generate different outcomes), equifinality (different factors can generate the same outcome) and asymmetric causality (presence and absence of outcome have different explanations). We would like to begin a conversation to explore the new ideas, methods, and actions that are required if we commit to a truly configurational perspective to organizational phenomena. How can the re-emerging configurational perspective overcome habituated methodologies that tend to discourage us from examining phenomena and problems to which our familiar toolkits cannot be as easily applied?

To accomplish this, we invite papers that aim to contribute to a configurational understanding of organizational phenomena and theory. We welcome contributions from multiple theoretical traditions and look for ways that seek to enhance and invigorate the configurational perspective. We particularly welcome studies that incorporate insights from related disciplines and encourage theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions that strive to enhance our ability to capture the dynamic nature of configurations. We are open to a range of methodological approaches but especially welcome papers deploying set-theoretic methods such as crisp and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) or related techniques. Methodological papers which engage with these methods and critically analyze their applications and assumptions are also welcomed.

Our sub-theme particularly invites contributions that focus on one or more of the following questions:

  • Uncovering patterns. What unconventional, hidden, and novel insights does the re-emerging configurational perspective contribute to organization studies?
  • Challenging Orthodoxy. How does the configurational perspective challenge conventional thinking, and especially what Abbott (1988) calls "general linear reality" and what Ragin (2008) refers to as correlational "net-effects thinking"?
  • Intersectionality of Power. If the experience of power and oppression is highly intersectional, as critical feminist scholars emphasize (e.g. Crenshaw, 1991), then how can a configurational perspective help us better account for the ways in which power operates in organizational settings?
  • Theorizing Complexity. What new theoretical concepts and language do we need to help us describe and comprehend the complex nature of organizational configurations? What neighboring disciplines and theories can enrich this understanding?
  • Methodological Innovation. What new methodological tools do we need to match the complexity of the configurational perspective (Fiss, 2007; Fiss, Cambré & Marx, 2013)? How well is QCA suited to accommodate a configurational perspective? How can we make the methodological toolkit more robust and complementary?
  • Understanding Categorization. What is the configurational nature of social categories and how do constellations of categories and processes of categorization work (Durand & Paolella, 2013)? Can we configurationally understand how categories enable and marginalize actors in and around organizations (Durand & Paolella, 2013)?
  • Multiple conjunctural causation. How does the notion of multiple conjunctural causation contribute to theory integration and theory development?
  • Network Dynamics. How can the configurational perspective account for the dynamics of networks (Raab, Lemaire and Provan, 2013)?

Organizers: Bart Cambré (Antwerp Management School/University of Antwerp), Peer Fiss (Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California), Axel Marx (LCGGS, Leuven)

Link: Details

1st International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics

Title: Track 2: Qualitative and Comparative Methods

Date: 6-7 July 2016

Place: Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)

Description: Research methods in economics and business are evolving with the increasing availability of comprehensive sources of data. As these methods become more interdisciplinary, the 1st International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics (CARMA) aims to become a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and advances on how emerging research methods are applied to different fields of social sciences as well as to discuss current and future challenges.

Organizers: Norat Roig-Tierno (ESIC Business & Marketing School)

Link: Details


Title: 6th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA) Conference

Date: 20-23 March 2016

Place: Valencia (Spain)

Description: The GIKA Annual Conference provides a platform for discussing challenges pertaining to contemporary issues in innovation and knowledge. The 2016 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA) Conference invites papers that discuss issues related to innovation and knowledge, related the business, management, psychology, economics and other fields. The conference will be held in Valencia (Spain). This will be the last and final GIKA Conference to be held in Valencia, although other cities and countries may organize and hold future editions of the Conference. The Conference will take place from March 20 (Sunday) to March 23 (Wednesday), 2016.

This edition of the GIKA Conference offers scholars the chance to publish their research in special issues of the Journal of Business Research (JBR-Elsevier), and Psychology & Marketing (P&M-Wiley), and other international journals. These special issues will contain the best papers from the Conference. At GIKA 2016, we are honored to announce that there will be TWO SPECIAL ISSUES of the JBR to be published in 2017 and a DOUBLE SPECIAL ISSUE of P&M. In addition to paper presentation sessions, paper symposiums, and plenary speaker sessions by top international scholars, the Conference provides further support for scholars by offering a pre-conference research methodology workshop (by Professor Arch Woodside), a keynote speech, and two meet-the-editor sessions on how to publish in the JBR and P&M by Arch Woodside and Rajan Nataraajan. The GIKA Conference welcomes eminent international researchers keen to share their knowledge and advice with Conference participants from all over the world.

Organizers: Arch Woodside (Boston College, USA), Domingo Ribeiro Soriano (University of Valencia, Spain), and Kun Huang Huarng (Feng Chia University, Taiwan)

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