Workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Monday April 29th , 2-5 pm

Room MAL G15, Birkbeck, University of London

Malet St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX

Workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Jasmina Berbegal Mirabent (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

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Comparative research methods such as qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) offer an innovative approach especially in situations with multilevel explanations and influences. Although multiple regression analysis is effective at identifying symmetric relationships, there are not always symmetric relationships among the observations. Management fields are causally complex, requiring alternative analytical methods. QCA effectively deals with this complexity and studies cases as configurations of causes and conditions rather than treating each independent variable. Furthermore, QCA has the advantage of performing particularly well with small-to-intermediate-N research designs. This method is increasingly gaining researchers’ attention, being used in a variety of disciplines (e.g. psychology, marketing, political sciences, sociology, public administration, business and management research).

This 3-hours workshop will introduce participants to the technical underpinnings of QCA. Theoretical explanations will be combined with practical exercises. Topics that will be covered include:

  • What is QCA? Epistemological assumptions and terminology
  • Relevance of QCA in the academic literature
  • Calibration
  • Model fit: Coverage and consistency
  • Analysis of necessity and sufficiency
  • Truth table and minimisation
  • Evaluation and interpretation of the results
  • XY plots
  • Robustness checks


fsQCA software will be used, which can be freely download from this website:

The new version (3.0) does not require any installation package. Just download it and unzip the files. To execute the program, open the file named “fsQCA”. It is highly recommended bringing your own laptop.

Supporting material

The supporting material will be distributed to all participants by email, 3 days before the day of the workshop. There is no need to prepare anything in advance.

About the speaker

Jasmina Berbegal-Mirabent is Associate Professor at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). She holds a PhD and MSc. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She has been a Visiting Researcher at University College London and King’s College London (UK), a Visiting Scholar at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley (US). She is in the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Business Research, Management Decision, Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, Journal of Technology and Science Education, International Journal of Intellectual Property Management and Intangible Capital. Her research interests are in the areas of strategic planning and management of higher education institutions, academic entrepreneurship and knowledge and technology transfer.