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Call for Papers: Qualitative Comparative Analysis Applications and Methodological Challenges

November, 22 – 23, 2013 | Goethe-University Frankfurt

Since the publication of the seminal work “The Comparative Method” by Charles Ragin in 1987, set-theoretic methods and especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) have become a common research strategy in the social sciences. Over the last decades, scholars from sociology, organization studies, and political science have not only deepened the knowledge on design questions and technical details related to QCA, but have produced an increasing amount of studies using QCA in its different forms (csQCA, fsQCA, mvQCA and also tQCA).

Nevertheless, there still are challenges, pitfalls and open questions regarding all kinds of QCAs. For the planned conference, we invite empirically oriented research papers in the social sciences that use QCA. We hereby especially encourage submissions which address among others one of the following topics:

QCA and Large N

We invite for the submission of empirical QCA papers working with large numbers of cases. So far, there has been a certain consensus that QCA works best with a mid-sized number of cases. However, while there is consensus on not going below a certain number, such a consensus does not exist with regard to how large the number of cases may become. On the basis of empirical research, we want to debate what characteristics, potential and problems may arise in QCA research if N gets big or even too big.

QCA and Time

We also look for empirical applications that look at cases from a diachronic perspective or include sequential developments into their QCAs. Despite some valuable contributions, the question how to integrate time into a QCA continues to prevail. On the basis of conducted research, we want to discuss the challenges of changing membership scores over time and the rather limited level of complexity for which analyses of sequential developments with temporal QCA (tQCA) allow.

QCA and Mixed Methods

Finally, we encourage the submission of empirical contributions which discuss the use of qualitative and quantitative data and/or qualitative and quantitative strategies of analysis within a single QCA-study, or other mixed-methods approaches. Such research strategies promise a variety of benefits, such as complementarity; gaining of deeper insights into the data; and the cross-validation of findings. The aim of this conference is to take stock of these fields in set-theoretic research. We welcome paper proposals from new and established scholars focusing on empirically sound and advanced state QCA from sociology, political and organization science. It is planned to publish the best papers in an edited volume.

An additional panel will focus on QCAs-in-the-making, i.e. planned or just started QCA projects in the first research phases. Again, we invite both new and established QCA-users to present promising future work.

All accepted papers will be commented by QCA-experts. Moreover, a Round Table will debate the main topics at the end of the conference. This conference follows up on a previous event, organized in Hamburg in 2012.

Please send your paper proposal (200 – 300 words) to the local organizer Jonas Buche (buche@soz.uni-frankfurt.de) by August 1, 2013.

Prior to the conference, on November 20 and 21, an Introductory Workshop to QCA by Jonas Buche and Markus Siewert is offered. The registration fee for the workshop is 150€. The number of participants for the workshop is limited to 30, so we ask for early registration. The minimum number of participants is 15. Admission takes place in the order of applications.


If you just want to register for the conference please send an email to Jonas Buche as well (buche@soz.uni-frankfurt.de).

N.B.: There will be no conference fee; travel and accommodation should be covered by the participants themselves.

Conference Organizers:

Claudius Wagemann (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
Betina Hollstein (University of Hamburg)
Jörg Raab (Tilburg University)

Call for Papers: International QCA Expert Workshop

Call for Papers

International QCA Expert Workshop
23-24 October 2013
University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Although sociologists and political scientists continue to lead publication rankings on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), scholars in business and management studies contribute a growing share of advanced theoretical and empirical work. Against this background, the International QCA Expert Workshop will bring together 20-30 researchers working at the cutting edge of QCA across these neighboring areas. By providing a unique forum for cross-disciplinary exchange, it will encourage the dissemination of new ideas, facilitate the promotion of innovative work and create opportunities for scientific collaboration.

Deadline for abstract submission is September 16, 2013.

Further Information

Workshop: Berliner Methodentreffen Qualitative Forschung

Das 9. Berliner Methodentreffen (BMT) findet vom 12. – 13. Juli 2013 an der Freien Universität Berlin statt.

Das Berliner Methodentreffen Qualitative Forschung ist mit insgesamt knapp 500 Beteiligten die größte Jahresveranstaltung zu qualitativen Forschungsmethoden im deutschsprachigen Raum. Erstmals 2005 ausgerichtet, hat sich das Berliner Methodentreffen schnell im Spektrum der Angebote zu qualitativer Forschung etabliert. Das Berliner Methodentreffen wendet sich an alle, die in ihren Qualifikationsarbeiten (Diplom, Dissertation, Habilitation usw.) oder in ihren Forschungsarbeiten mit qualitativen Methoden arbeiten und an alle, die generell an qualitativer Forschung interessiert sind.

Ziel des Berliner Methodentreffens ist es, mit einer möglichst breiten Palette von aufeinander abgestimmten Events und Angeboten (Vorträgen, Forschungswerkstätten, Postersessions, Workshops und informellen Meetings) eine Form von Beratung, Diskussion und Information zu bieten, mit der möglichst schnell, effizient, qualitativ hochwertig und nahe am Bedarf der jeweiligen Gruppen/Personen die Arbeit mit qualitativen Methoden unterstützt wird, insbesondere auch durch den Einbezug der von den Teilnehmenden eingebrachten Forschungsdaten/Materialien.

Informationen finden Sie unter folgendem Link: 9. Berliner Methodentreffen qualitative Forschung

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Tagung

Vom 1. bis 2. Juni 2012 findet an der Universität Hamburg eine Tagung zu

„Qualitative Comparative Analysis – Perspektiven für Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Organisationsforschung“

statt, die Betina Hollstein gemeinsam mit Claudius Wagemann (Florenz) und Jörg Raab (Tilburg) organisiert.

Neben keynotes von  Philippe Schmitter und Patrick Kenis werden anwendungsorientierte Paper aus Soziologie, Politikwissenschaft und Organisationsforschung vorgestellt.

Weitere Informationen – Tagungsprogramm

Universität Hamburg: Doktorandenworkshop “Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets” am 29. und 30.05.2012

Workshop-Thema: “Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets”

Dozent: Dr. Claudius Wagemann (Istituto italiano di scienze umane (SUM), Florence)

Zeit: Di. 29.05. bis Mi. 30.05.2012

Ort: Universität Hamburg, Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften Welckerstraße 8, Raum 2.18

Leistungspunkte: 2 Leistungspunkte bei erfolgreicher Teilnahme

Unterrichtssprache: deutsch

Anmeldefrist: 19. April bis 02. Mai 2012 (per Mail bei der Graduate School-Geschäftsstelle, siehe Anmeldeformular)

Di., 29.05.12: 09:00 – 15:00 Uhr (1 Stunde Mittagspause)
Mi., 30.05.12: 09:00 – 12:00 Uhr

Workshop Outline

(Multi-Value) Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Institution: see Organisers & Acknowledgements

Program of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Lasse Cronqvist (University of Trier)


03.10.2011, 14:00 – 17:30
04.10.2011, 14:00 – 17:30
06.10.2011, 14:00 – 17:30

Room: n.s.

Max. number of participants: 24

Semester periods per week: n.s.

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: German


Configurational Comparative Methods (CCM) are increasingly in social science research. The workshop will introduce to these methods mainly on focusing on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). We will first introduce the conceptional basics of QCA and then looking at different refinements. Various applications of CCM will be studied and the software used for QCA will be introduced. Finally, current developments in CCM research are briefly presented.

The software introduced in this course is only available for Windows OS:
Tool for Small-N Analysis – Tosmana – http://www.tosmana.net/

You have to register for the 5th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.