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Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: Qualitative Comparative Analysis in Business and Management Research Minitrack

January 3 - January 6

This minitrack covers contributions on the development and applications on the use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and its various extensions.  The use of configurational analysis, specifically QCA, has been present in the academic literature in Information Systems research, with contributions increasing in particular during the last decade. As these contributions in the recent years have shown, QCA can advance theory building in IS research by going beyond the variance-oriented logic to embrace conjunctural causation and equifinality. The logics of conjunctural causation and equifinality advocated in QCA, can aid in the development and validation of configurational theories for explaining increasingly complex digital phenomena, in particular in business and management problems. The results of QCA provide novel theoretical contributions by focusing on causal pathways leading to an outcome of interest, and at the same time deliver explainable and actionable insights to be used by decision makers when dealing with complex digital systems.

The purpose of this minitrack is to disseminate significant results on new theoretical and methodological developments related to QCA and show the importance of configurational approaches in Information Systems, and in particular decision analysis. The minitrack aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines to exchange ideas, share insights, and discuss the latest developments relayed to QCA.


Jozsef Mezei (Åbo Akademi University)
Shahrokh Nikou (Åbo Akademi University)


University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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