Nov. 21 NIKOS 15YRS! MasterClass (fs)QCA as a research method in social sciences

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(fs)QCA as a research method in social sciences

Prof. Benoît Rihoux, University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

MONDAY November 21, 2016

13.45 – 15.30

ENSCHEDE, University of Twente, Waaier 3 or 4

In this masterclass, prof. Benoît Rihoux will discuss fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fs/QCA) as a research method for social and management sciences. Fs/QCA is a fairly new research method in business management and it is gaining popularity. It takes an intermediate position between quantitative methods, such as regression analysis, and case-based studies. It enables researchers to study combinations of factors that affect certain outcomes in a systematic and academic way. After this masterclass you know more about this method, you understand its strengths and weaknesses, and you know when to use it and when not.

About the speaker

Benoît Rihoux is Professor of Centre de science politique et de politique comparée (CESPOL) at the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. He plays a leading role in the development and dissemination of innovative comparative methods, applicable to many fields and research disciplines. He has taught comparative methods in numerous institutions across Europe, North America and Japan. Besides the co-ordination of the COMPASSS international network, he also steers broader initiatives around methodology, as Academic Convenor of the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques and as Editor of the ECPR research methods book series (Palgrave). Together with Charles Ragin he wrote the book Configurational Comparative Methods. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques (2008), Palgrave, which provides a good introduction on (fs/)QCA as a research method.

He is involved in numerous research projects, often in an interdisciplinary way, around his own topics of specialization (political parties, social movements, organizational change) as well as around other themes which can be better comprehended through systematic comparison: crises, community conflicts, national and European policies, organizational innovation, environmental risks, natural resource management, policy evaluation, benchmarking.

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