Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Through the Use of FsQCA Software

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0.5 ECTS
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In recent years this methodology has gained followers and today is presented as a mixed method to help the phenomenon being studied to be understood better, while taking into account all its dimensions and complexity. The aim behind this course is to provide an initial taster of this methodology. For that reason the theoretical grounding of QCA will also be looked into, its objectives, as well as how to decide which situations to apply it in.  Through the use of practical cases there will be an explanation of how to prepare a database and how to analyse results. The software to be used is fsQCA.

The course will be taught by Dr Jasmina Berbegal, a Professor from the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at UIC Barcelona.  She was formerly a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) and a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Education (University College London, UK). She is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, and a member of the editorial board for Management DecisionJournal of Business Research and Intangible Capital. Her research focuses on the technological transfer between universities and businesses, entrepreneurship and business innovation processes. 

Monday 6 July 2020

10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

- Theory

- Suitability criteria

- Calibration of variables

- Fit of the model (consistency and coverage)

- Results analysis

- XY graphs of the resulting configurations


Study programme and subjects 2020-2021

Subjects in course 1 Type Term ECTS
Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Through the Use of FsQCA Software Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 0.5
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System
  • Term: calendar period
  • (a): subjects which are taught in English

Prerequisites & admissions

The course is targeted to academics, doctoral students or professionals who are interested in the use of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) for their research projects.

The course can be taken separately or along with the Application of structural equation models to business research using EQS software course.  


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