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MREV – Call for Papers: Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Managing Editor:
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Hundred years ago, Henri Fayols “Administration Industrielle et Générale”, a milestone in the history of organisational thought, was published. This centenary motivates the editors of the management revue to launch a stream on the history of organisational studies. In the forthcoming volumes, and rather on an infrequent basis, we would like to publish contributions which not only introduce the reader to one or several, interrelated seminal works of organisational theory but also provide accompanying commentaries and an analysis of their history of effects.

The reason for this format is, given our discipline’s forgetfulness of history, to provide orientation, which not only serves teaching and young management scholars. While reference to classic thought contributes to scientific advancement in other fields of the social sciences, in our field some research issues are being addressed repeatedly – without putting the associated arguments and findings in an adequate historical context. In this respect, addressing the history of thought should be understood as a contribution to the advancement of management research.

We would like to avoid a strict delimitation of the era being addressed. Contributions on contemporaries of Fayol like Frederik Winston Taylor, Frank B. and Lillian Gilbreth or Henry L. Gantt und Karol Adamiecki are as welcome as contributions are on Fayol’s predecessors or successors. By no means we are exclusively committed to the “engineers of the organisation”; economists, legal scholars and particularly the labour science community and psychologists should also be given due attention. A temporal upper boundary shall nevertheless be the 1970s, when, most notably induced by Alfred D. Chandler, strategic management and the reflection on it started to thrive.

This stream will be open to submissions until the end of 2017 in the first place. It will be maintained and edited by Wenzel Matiaske (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany). Submissions shall accord with the formatting guidelines of the management revue. Please submit your manuscripts electronically via our online submission system using “Stream Echoes of an Era” as article section.

Looking forward to your contribution!
Wenzel Matiaske


TU München: Referentin/Referent für die Geschäftsführende Vizepräsidentin Talent Management & Diversity gesucht

Wir suchen zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt und spätestens zum 1. Dezember 2017

eine/n Referentin/Referenten
für die Geschäftsführende Vizepräsidentin
Talent Management & Diversity

(EntgGr. 13 TV-L, 100 %, zunächst befristet bis 30.09.2020)

Das Präsidialressort Talent Management & Diversity bündelt alle Aktivitäten im Bereich der Personalentwicklung und des Talentmanagements der TUM. Ziel ist die Entwicklung von Konzepten im Bereich Personalentwicklung von Talenten in der Forschung und im Wissenschaftsmanagement. Sie arbeiten eng mit der Geschäftsführenden Vizepräsidentin für Talent Management & Diversity, Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, zusammen.


  • Entwicklung von Konzepten und Umsetzung von Maßnahmen der Personalentwicklung und des Talentmanagements für Zielgruppen in Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftsmanagement
  • Durchführung von Workshops und Informationsveranstaltungen zu Personalentwicklung und Talentmanagement
  • Unterstützung der Geschäftsführenden Vizepräsidentin in der Vor- und Nachbereitung von Vorträgen, Mee-tings und Präsidialsitzungen (bspw. Benchmarkings, Literaturrecherchen, Erstellung von Präsentationen)


  • Abgeschlossene Promotion in Psychologie, Pädagogik oder Wirtschaftswissenschaften (mit Schwerpunkt Personalmanagement, Diagnostik, Erwachsenenbildung o.ä.)


  • Mehrjährige Erfahrung in der Personal- oder Organisationsentwicklung in der Wissenschaft oder in der Wirtschaft
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse in mindestens zwei der folgenden Themenfelder: Tätigkeits- und Anforderungsanalyse, Eignungsdiagnostik und Kompetenzmessung, Karriereberatung und Coaching, Lehr- und Lernmethoden und Trainingskonzeption, Erfolgskontrolle und Transfersicherung
    Moderationserfahrung, Erfahrung in der Kommunikation mit Stakeholdern, insbesondere mit Führungspersonen
  • Interesse an strategisch-konzeptionellem Arbeiten sowie ausgeprägte (Selbst-)Organisationsfähigkeit
  • Sehr hohe Leistungsmotivation, selbstständiges Arbeiten und Eigeninitiative
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift

Wir bieten
Sie erhalten die Möglichkeit, abwechslungsreiche und verantwortungsvolle Aufgaben in einem besonders wich-tigen strategischen Feld in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Hochschulleitung zu übernehmen und die Weiterent-wicklung des Talentmanagements mitzugestalten. Sie finden ideale Bedingungen vor, um Ihre fachliche Exper-tise und Ihre innovativen Ideen in die Tat umzusetzen. Unsere Zusammenarbeit ist geprägt durch eine ergeb-nisorientierte, offene und konstruktive Arbeitsatmosphäre.

Menschen mit schweren Behinderungen werden bei im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt. Die TUM strebt eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils an. Bewerbungen von Frauen werden daher ausdrücklich begrüßt.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit Motivationsschreiben und Lebenslauf.

Senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung bitte bis zum 31.10.2017 an:

Dr. Sylvia Hubner:
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Professur für Forschungs- und Wissenschaftsmanagement
Technische Universität München
Arcisstraße 21
80333 München

BI Norwegian Business School: Winter School in Empirical Research Methods – Oslo, January 2018

Winter School in Empirical Research Methods – January 2018

We offer you a set of top quality courses in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The classes you enroll in will be taught by some of the leading researchers in their field. Participants can choose from different courses (one course per week) offered as block seminars.

Date: 08 – 19 January 2018
Course Load: 4 ECTS credits per course
Location: BI’s Campus in Oslo

08 – 12 January 2018
Regression I Introduction (Instructor: Tim McDaniel)
Machine Learning with R (Instructor: Brett Lantz)
Case Study Methods (Instructor: Andrew Bennet)
Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis (Instructor: Amanda Montoya)

15 – 19 January 2018
Regression Analysis II (Instructor: Tim McDaniel)
Longitudinal Data Analysis (Instructor: Christopher Zorn)
Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis (Instructor: Paul Mihas)
Structural Equation Models I – Introduction (Instructors: Ulf H.Olsson and Njål Foldnes)

We also offer a variety of social activities as part of the programme.

We would be grateful if you could make this information available to your students or staff. If you should have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Ouafa Abarkach at

For more info, visit and

IAB Graduate School: 10th Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop – Perspectives on (Un-)Employment

Aims and Topics
The IAB Graduate School’s 10th interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop “Perspectives on (Un-) Employment” endeavours to bring together young researchers from different disciplines. This international workshop will provide an opportunity for Ph.D. students to present and discuss their research in a constructive atmosphere, incorporating feedback and advice from a number of experienced researchers.
Keynote Speakers
Professor Richard Blundell (University College London, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Professor Thomas Hinz (University of Konstanz)
Deadline for submission is 15 October 2017.
For more Information see:

MREV – Call for Papers: Workplace Flexibility

Guest Editors:
Sascha Ruhle, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Stefan Süß, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (Germany)

Special Issue

Flexibility has been an ongoing issue for various fields of research and practice and a considerable amount of literature dealing with the concept of flexibility has developed. This diversity has led to various perspectives on dimensions and aspects of flexibility. However, two major fields of flexibility can be distinguished. The organizational perspective understands workplace flexibility as the degree of adaptability of an organization in an uncertain and changing environment (Dastmalchian & Blyton 2001). In addition, workplace flexibility can encompass the individual perspective of the workforce, especially the degree of flexibility regarding aspects of where, when, and how work is performed (Hill et al. 2008). Within both streams of research, various aspects of flexibility have been addressed, such as organizational structures (Feldman & Pentland 2003), type of employment (Lepak et al. 2003; Sayah & Süß 2013), management and strategic human resource management (Wright & Snell 1998), time and location of work (Allen et al. 2013), demands towards employees (Vahle-Hinz et al. 2013) and work (Ruiner et al. 2013), leadership (Barrow 1976), and the role of Communication Technologies (Diaz et al. 2012).

Regarding the consequences of flexibility, literature often assumes positive results for both iindividualand organization, when flexibility increases. For example, evidence has been found that flexibility at work is positively related to self-reported health (Butler et al. 2009). Furthermore, it can increase organizational attractiveness (Nadler et al. 2010; Thompson et al. 2015), profit (Kesavan et al. 2014) and firm performance (Martínez Sánchez et al. 2007). However, there is also a missing consensus and ongoing discussion regarding possible consequences of flexibility. Research has identified potential downsides of flexibility, such as blurred work-life boundaries (Pedersen and Lewis 2012), the risk of stigmatization (Cech & Blair-Loy 2014), unsupportive work climate and inequitable implementation (Putnam et al. 2014). Other relationships, for example between flexibility and work-family conflict (Allen et al. 2013; Shockley & Allen 2007), remain unclear. Further, if the flexibility is only an organizational facade (Eaton 2003; Nystrom & Starbuck 1984) which is communicated but not lived in the organization, even more, negative consequences such as violations of psychological contracts might occur, especially when flexibility is used as a facade to justify the transformation of standard work arrangements to non-standard work arrangements.

Subsequently, a lot of questions remain unanswered:

  • What is the core of flexibility in organizations?
  • Which origins can be identified of the ongoing need for various types of flexibility?
  • What types of flexibility can be systematized and how are those different types related to organizational consequences, such as success or attractiveness?
  • How useful are flexible work arrangements and how can positive consequences be promoted and negative consequences be avoided, or at least weakened?
  • Which consequences result from a gap between offered and truly supported types of flexibility, e.g. the role of organizational facades?
  • How does embeddedness of Information and Communications Technologies in work practices enable and assist workplace flexibility?
  • What are the consequences of the ongoing flexibilization of work on the economic and social level?

Potential authors

The aim of this special issue is to increase our understanding of the above-mentioned aspects of workplace flexibility, especially from an organizational perspective. We encourage empirical – qualitative or quantitative – submissions from various research fields, such as business administration, industrial and organizational psychology, work sociology and other disciplines dealing with the topic of the Special Issue.


Full papers for this special issue of management revue must be submitted by 31 December 2017. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due 31 May 2018. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at guidelines/submit-manuscript/ using ‘SI Workplace Flexibility’ as article section.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the website and submit the papers electronically by sending a ‘blind’ copy of your manuscript (delete all author identification from this primary document).

We look forward to receiving your contribution!

Sascha Ruhle
Stefan Süß


GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Winter Term Programme 2017, 24 October – 24 November 2017

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

The following seminars are open to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at the GIGA and its partner institutions. Please note that other external participants are asked to pay a small course fee.

24 – 25 October Basic principles of research design and strategy Prof Benoît Rihoux, UC Louvain
1 – 2 November Quantitative Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis Dr Liam McGrath, ETH Zürich
13 November Workshop: Introduction to Zotero Dr Birte Pfeiffer, GIGA
23 – 24 November Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis Dr Lea Sgier, University of Applied Arts and Sciences (HETS-SO) Geneva & University of Geneva

Information on Registration

Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event. Questions should be addressed to Nina Sökefeld.

Registration deadline: Friday, 13 October 2017


Graduate School der Universität Hamburg – Promotionsstudiengang der Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften – Kursangebot im WiSe 17/18

Stand: 15.08.2017

Dozent/in Titel der Lehrveranstaltung Termine FB LVS LP
Dresing, Thorsten
(Audiotranskription Marburg)
MAXQDA Complete und qualitative Inhaltsanalyse Do., 07.12.17, 09:00 – 15:30 Uhr
Fr., 08.12.17, 09:00 – 15:00 Uhr
Raum A215 (VMP 9)
Extern 1
Fritsche, Ulrich Introduction to R Fr., 20.10.17, 09-17 Uhr
Fr., 27.10.17 oder Fr., 03.11.17,
09-17 Uhr
Raum A514 (VMP 9)
SozÖk 1 2
Fritsche, Ulrich Text as Data: Text Mining and Analysis in Economics, Social Sciences and Finance using R März 2018 (als Block in vier Tagen) SozÖk 2 4
Jakobeit, Cord/
Meyer, Jörg
Research Seminar in International Relations – Research Design and Qualitative Approaches Mi., 10:00 – 12:00 Uhr (ab 25.10.17)
Raum 101 (AP 1)
Kley, Stefanie Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets Fr., 01.11.17, 10-13 Uhr
Fr., 10.11.17, 10-13 Uhr
Fr., 24.11.17, 10-13 Uhr
Raum A510 (VMP 9)
SoWi 1 2
Marcus, Jan/
Siedler, Thomas
Applied Labour Economics Montags, 16:30 – 18:00 Uhr (ab
16.10.17), 14-täglich
Raum R 1083 (VMP 5)
Plus Zwei-Tages-Blöcke 23.11. und 24.11.17
Raum A215 (VMP 9)


2 4
Menz, Wolfgang Qualitative Interviews mit ExpertInnen. Methodologie, Konzeption und Forschungspraxis Fr., 24.11.17, 16-18 Uhr (Vorbesprechung)
Raum wird noch bekannt gegeben
Fr., 19.01.18, 09-17 Uhr
Sa., 20.01.18, 09-17 Uhr
Raum wird noch bekannt gegeben
SozÖk 1 2
Rosert, Elvira Processes, Sequences, and Mechanisms: Introduction to Process Tracing Di., 16.01.18, 09-17 Uhr
Mi., 17.01.18,09-14 Uhr
Raum wird noch bekannt gegeben
SoWi 1 2
Siedler, Thomas Applied Microeconometrics Dienstags, 13:30-15 Uhr, die ersten 7 Wochen des Semesters
Esplanade 36, Raum 4029
VWL 1 2
Teichert, Thorsten Quantitative Text- und Literaturanalysen (Quantitative Reviews of Social Sciene Research) Mo., 30.10.17, 09:30-18 Uhr
Mo., 27.11.17, 09:30-18 Uhr
Mo., 18.12.17, 09:30-18 Uhr
Mo., 15.01.18, 09:30-18 Uhr
Raum A514 (VMP 9)
SozÖk 2 4


Dozent/in Titel der Lehrveranstaltung Termine FB LVS LP
Adloff, Frank/
Neckel, Sighard
Gesellschaftsanalysen. Prozesse – Krisen – Transformationen Mi., 10-12 Uhr (ab 18.10.2017)
Raum R 1083 (VMP 5)




Allgoewer, Elisabeth/
Schui, Florian
The state and the economy in historical perspective 26.10.17, 13:30-17 Uhr
09.11.17, 13:30-17 Uhr
16.11.17, 13:30-17 Uhr
01.12.17, 13:30-17 Uhr
Raum A215 (VMP 9)




Busch, Timo/
Schiemann, Frank
Sustainable Finance and Management Fr., 27.10.17, ganztags
Rentzelstraße 7




Krause, Melanie Ph.D.-Seminar – Empirical Research in Economics Donnerstags, 12:15 – 13:15 Uhr (ab 19.10.2017)
Raum 0029 (VMP 5)




Littig, Beate
(Fellow, Institut für Höhere Studien, Wien (Österreich))
Sozial-ökologische Transformations­forschung. Konzepte, Ansätze und Methoden Mi., 10.01.18, 16:00-17:30 Uhr (Vorbesprechung)
Di., 23.01.18, 10:00 – 17:30 Uhr
Mi., 14.02.18, 10:00 – 17:30 Uhr
Raum A215 (VMP 9)




Pfau-Effinger, Birgit Theories of Comparative and Historical Welfare State Research Mi., 01.11.17, 14:15-15:45 Uhr
Mi.,15.11.17, 14:15-15:45 Uhr
Mo., 20.11.17, ganztags
Di., 21.11.17, ganztags
Mi., 22.11.17, ganztags
Raum B230 (VMP 9)




Rastetter, Daniela Standards guter Arbeit: Verhalten in Organisationen, Aus- und Weiterbildung, Managing Diversity Mo., 06.11.17, 10:00 – 17:00 Uhr
Di., 07.11.17, 10:00 – 17:00 Uhr
Raum A215, VMP 9




Schramm, Florian Quality of Working Life: Personalwirtschaftliche Analysen Fr., 06.10.17, ganztägig
Sa., 07.10.17, ganztägig
Raum B230, VMP 9




Slapničar, Sergeja
(University of Ljubljana, Slowenien)
Incentivierung, Motivation und Entscheidungsfindung 1-Tages-Forschungsworkshop (11.10. oder 12.10.2017)
Termine stehen noch nicht fest




Vogel, Rick


PUNO & Friends: Paper Development Workshop Blöcke, alle vier Wochen à 4 Stunden
Termine stehen noch nicht fest





Dozent/in Titel der Lehrveranstaltung Termine FB LVS LP
Busch, Timo/
Geiger, Daniel
Academic Publishing and Publication Strategy Fr., 24.11.17, ganztags
Fr., 08.12.17, ganztags
Raum B230 (VMP 9)
SozÖk 2 4
Crow, Kimberly/
Elkins, Stephan
(Socio Trans Marburg)
Academic Writing Do., 15.03.18, 10:00 – 17:30 Uhr
Fr., 16.03.18, 10:00 – 17:30 Uhr
Räume 0079 und 0080 (VMP 5)
Extern —- 1
Rauchmann, Sabine Literaturrecherche für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden Mo., 09.10.17, 09-17.00 Uhr
Di., 10.10.17, 09-16.00 Uhr
Schulungsraum der Bibliothek Wirtschaftswissenschaften
(VMP 5)
Extern —- 1

FB = Fachbereich
LP = Leistungspunkte
LVS = Lehrveranstaltungsstunden


Anmeldungen zu den Kursen sind möglich über „Geventis“ ( in folgenden Zeiträumen:

a) 03.08.17 (13 Uhr) bis 22.09.17 (13 Uhr) für folgende Kurse:

  • Quality of Working Life: personalwirtschaftliche Analysen (Vogel)
  • Incentivierung, Motivation und Entscheidungsfindung (Slapničar)
  •  Literaturrecherche für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden (Rauchmann)

b) 03.08.17 (13 Uhr) bis 06.10.17 (13 Uhr) für folgende Kurse:

  • Introduction to R (Fritsche) – Applied Labour Economics (Marcus / Siedler)
  • Applied Microeconometrics (Siedler)
  • Gesellschaftsanalysen. Prozesse – Krisen – Transformationen (Adloff / Neckel)
  • Ph.D. Seminar – Empirical Research in Economics (Krause)
  • Standards guter Arbeit: Verhalten in Organisationen, Aus- und Weiterbildung, Managing Diversity (Rastetter)
  • PUNO & Friends: Paper  Development Workshop  (R. Vogel)

c) 03.08.17 (13 Uhr) bis 18.10.17 (13 Uhr) für folgende Kurse:

  • Research Seminar in International Relations (Jakobeit / Meyer)
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets (Kley)
  • Quantitative Text- und Literaturanalysen (Quantitative Reviews of Social Sciene Research) (Teichert)
  • Paradigmatic shifts in economics and the role of the state (Allgoewer)
  • Sustainable Finance and Management (Busch / Schiemann)
  • Theories of Comparative and Historical Welfare State Research (Pfau-Effinger)

d) 03.08.17 (13 Uhr) bis 03.11.17 (13 Uhr) für folgende Kurse:

  • MAXQDA Complete: Transkription, Datenaufbereitung und computergestützte Auswertung (Dresing) – Qualitative Interviews mit ExpertInnen. Methodologie, Konzeption und Forschungspraxis (Menz) – Academic Publishing and Publication Strategy (Busch / Geiger)

e) 03.08.17 (13 Uhr) bis 24.11.17 (13 Uhr) für folgende Kurse:

  • Processes, Sequences, and Mechanisms: Introduction to Process Tracing (Rosert)
  • Sozial-ökologische Transformations­forschung. Konzepte, Ansätze und Methoden (Littig)

f) 03.08.17 (13 Uhr) bis 26.01.18 (13 Uhr) für folgende Kurse:

  • Text as Data: Text Mining and Analysis in Economics, Social Sciences and Finance using R (Fritsche)
  • Academic Writing (Crow / Elkins)

HSU-Doktorandenweiterbildung 2017: Einführung in die Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer: Dr. Lasse Cronqvist, Universität Trier

20.09.2017, 09:00 – 17:00 Uhr
21.09.2017, 09:00 – 16:00 Uhr.

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg. Austragungsort ist an beiden Tagen Seminarraum 0108 in H1.

Language of instruction: German

Registration: Der direkte Kursbeitritt erfolgt unter diesem Link. Wer nicht Angehöriger der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität ist, lege sich zuvor bitte unter diesem Link ein Konto auf dem Ilias-System der HSU an.

Der Kurs führt in die Grundlagen der konfigurationellen Analyse mit Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) ein. Nach einer wissenschaftstheoretischen Einordnung des Ansatzes werden wir am ersten Tag die Grundprinzipien der QCA Analyse behandeln. Dies erfolgt auch anhand der gemeinsamen Analyse verschiedener Anwendungsbeispiele und der Einführung aktueller, einschlägiger Software. Im weiteren Verlauf des Kurses werden auch Erweiterung von QCA wie mvQCA diskutiert und die viel beachtete Verbindung von QCA und fuzzy sets (fsQCA) eingeführt. Neben einer kritischen Betrachtung der Anwendungsmöglichkeiten der vorgestellten Ansätze für eigene Forschungsvorhaben der Teilnehmenden, bildet ein Ausblick auf aktuelle Entwicklungen im Bereich der QCA Analyse den Abschluss des Kurses.

HSU-Doktorandenweiterbildung 2017: Game Theory Reloaded – A Postgraduate Course

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (HSU)

Lecturer: Klaus Beckmann, Chair of Public Economics, Helmut Schmidt University

Dates & places:

  1. 18. September 2017: Introduction, Seminarraum 0110, H1, HSU
  2. 20. September 2017: Intermediate Topics, Seminarraum 0110 H1, HSU
  3. 21. September 2017: Advanced Topics and Extensions, Seminarraum 0109, H1, HSU

Starting time-finishing time on each day: 09:00-16:30

Language of instruction: English or German, depending on the course composition (to be decided upon at the beginning of the course).

To register for the course, please click here. Non-members of the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität may firstly click here to create an HSU-Ilias-account, and secondly use the first link to join the course.

See for the course contents.

Feel free to attend individual days or course offerings according to your prior knowledge or liking.


HSU-Doktorandenweiterbildung 2017: Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) – A novel view on causality and on empirical data analysis

Institution: Erasmus University, Rotterdam/Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Jan Dul, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Sven Hauff, Helmut Schmidt University

Date: 12.10.2017 – 10 a.m. to 15 p.m.

Place: Hamburg Business School, Hamburg University

Room: tba

Language of instruction: English

Registration: You can register for the course until 05.10.17 by email to Sven Hauff (


What is NCA?
NCA is a novel, user-friendly methodological approach, recently published in Organizational Research Methods that understands cause-effect relations as “necessary but not sufficient” (not as additive logic used in regression). A necessary condition implies that without the right level of the condition a certain effect cannot occur. This is independent of other causes, thus the necessary condition can be a bottleneck, critical factor, constraint, disqualifier, etc. In practice, the right level of necessary condition must be put and kept in place to avoid guaranteed failure. Other causes cannot compensate for this factor. Thus NCA provides a novel view on causality and on empirical data analysis.

Whom is NCA for?
NCA is applicable to any discipline, and can provide strong results even when other analyses such as regression analysis show no or weak effects. By adding a different logic and data analysis approach, NCA adds both rigor and relevance to your theory, data analysis, and publications. NCA does not require advanced statistical or methodological knowledge beforehand. It can be used in both quantitative research as well as in qualitative research. You can become one of the first users of NCA in your field, which makes your publication(s) extra attractive.

What will be discussed in the seminar?
The seminar consists of two parts:

  1. In the first part (1-2 hours) we will discuss the method and its applications in different management fields. We will explain the differences between necessity logic and traditional additive logic and describe the relevance of necessary conditions for theory and practice.
  2. Immediately afterwards, in the second part (1-3 hours depending on the number of participants) we will discuss the method in more detail. In particular we will focus on the participants’ research areas and datasets. We will also demonstrate how to use the NCA software to identify/test potential necessary conditions in empirical data sets. Participants who are interested in a demonstration of the method on their dataset can bring their dataset on a USB drive (e.g., excel.csv file) or perform an NCA analysis on their own computer.

More information:

  • Dul, J. (2016) Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA): Logic and methodology of “necessary but not sufficient” causality, Organizational Research Methods, 19(1), 10-52.