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Configurational Comparative Methods

Configurational Comparative Methods
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques

Volume: 51
Other Titles in:
Social Research Methods

September 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Configurational Comparative Methods paves the way for an innovative approach to empirical scientific work through a strategy that integrates key strengths of both qualitative (case-oriented) and quantitative (variable-oriented) approaches. This first-of-its-kind text is ideally suited for "small-N" or "intermediate-N" research situations, which both mainstream qualitative and quantitative methods find difficult to address. Benoît Rihoux and Charles C. Ragin, along with their contributing authors, offer both a basic, comparative research design overview and a technical and hands-on review of Crisp-Set QCA (csQCA), Multi-Value QCA (mvQCA), and Fuzzy-Set QCA (fsQCA).
Benoît Rihoux and Charles Ragin
Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisèle De Meur, Benoît Rihoux & Charles Ragin
1. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach
Dirk Berg-Schlosser & Gisèle De Meur
2. Comparative Research Design: Case and Variable Selection
Benoît Rihoux & Gisèle De Meur
3. Crisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (CSQCA)
Lasse Cronqvist & Dirk Berg-Schlosser
4. Multi-Value QCA (MVQCA)
Charles C. Ragin
5. Qualitative Comparative Analysis Using Fuzzy Sets (FSQCA)
Sakura Yamasaki & Benoît Rihoux
6. A Commented Review of Applications
Gisèle De Meur, Benoît Rihoux & Sakura Yamasaki
7. Addressing the Critiques of QCA
Benoît Rihoux, Charles Ragin and Sakura Yamasaki
8. Conclusions - The Way(s) Ahead
Damien Bol and Sakura Yamasaki
Sakura Yamasaki, Benoît Rihoux, Gisèle De Meur and Charles C. Ragin
Sakura Yamasaki, Benoît Rihoux
A Commented Review of Applications
Gisele De Meur, Benoît Rihoux, Sakura Yamasaki
Addressing the Critiques of QCA
Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur
Comparative Research Design: Case and Variable Selection
Benoît Rihoux, Charles Ragin, Sakura Yamasaki, Damien Bol
Conclusions - The Way(s) Ahead
Benoît Rihoux, Gisele De Meur
Crisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Lasse Cronqvist, Dirk Berg-Schlosser
Multi-Value QCA (mvQCA)
Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur, Benoît Rihoux, Charles Ragin
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach

This book is useful for UG students and I will recommend it for those students that want to conduct research between Qual and Quant. However, I believe it would be more useful to MSc or MBA students. This is something I hadn't thought about before and I will consider it now.

Dr Konstantinos Pitsakis
Management, London Metropolitan University
May 3, 2022

This is a very important book on configurational comparative methods.

Mr Marcos Ferasso
Business Administration , Universidade Tecnologia Federal do Paraná
October 21, 2015

The book comprises of different essays about QCA, fsQCA, mvQCA, ... and is a useful resource to get started with configurational methods as it covers different aspects within one book.

Mr Christian Kummer
Chair of Information Management, Dresden University of Technology
November 11, 2013

I have not got the support that I want for this book--so I will use it as a recommended text-not a primary textbook.

Dr Karen Larwin
Educ Admin Research Found Dept, Youngstown State University
April 7, 2011

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