Call for Papers for a session on "SNA meets QCA"

at the XXXIII. Sunbelt Conference, May 21 - 26, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany

Session organizers:
Anja Iseke, University of Paderborn, Germany, 
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Jörg Raab, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, [log in to unmask]

Like social network analysis (SNA), qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) 
has gained popularity as a research strategy and a family of methods since 
Charles Ragin (1989, 2000, 2008) introduced QCA to the social sciences. 
Following a set-theoretic approach, QCA views cases as configurations of 
outcomes and conditions based on Boolean algebra. In contrast to studying 
net effects of independent variables as in regression analysis, QCA 
methods seek to identify necessary and/or sufficient combinations of 
conditions that lead to an outcome. QCA is well atuned to multiple 
conjunctural causation, which implies that first, a combination of 
conditions (rather than a single condition) produces an outcome 
(conjunctural causation), second, there may be more than one combination 
of conditions which account for an outcome (equifinality), and third, a 
(combination) of condition leading to the presence of an outcome might be 
quite different from a combinations of conditions leading to the absence 
of the outcome (causal asymmetry). 
So far, only few studies have combined SNA and QCA. For example, social 
networks have been studied as a condition (e.g., Stevenson & Greenberg, 
2000) or as an outcome (Magetti, 2009). QCA has also been used to create 
typologies of networks (e.g., Yamasaki & Spreitzer, 2006) and Raab, Provan 
and Lemaire (forthcoming) discuss the combination for inter-organizational 
networks. Those studies provide ample evidence that QCA is a powerful 
approach for studying social networks. Configurational network theories 
may deepen our understanding of social networks antecedents, processes and 
outcomes, and QCA provide the methodological tools to test these theories. 
In addition, QCA is very suitable in combining qualitative and 
quantitative data to explain outcomes on the node, dyad or network level 
of analysis.
We invite abstracts for 20 minute oral presentations on social network 
studies that follow a configurational approach and/or apply set-theoretic 
methods, such as crisp-set QCA, multi-value QCA , fuzzy-set QCA from all 
social science disciplines.
Some of the questions to address include, but are not limited to, the 
· Which combinations of conditions lead to specific outcomes? (e.g., what 
are necessary and sufficient conditions for occupying a central position 
in a network, what network characteristics are necessary and sufficient 
for high or low network effectiveness?)
· Are certain network attributes (alone or in combination with other 
conditions) sufficient to explain a specific outcome (e.g., under which 
conditions are weak ties sufficient for receiving advice?)
· Do actors occupying different network positions require different 
conditions to achieve a certain outcome? (e.g., do central or peripheral 
actors require different strategies or resources to perform well?)
· …

Submission will be closing on December 31 at 11:59:59 EST. Please limit 
your abstract to 250 words.
Proceed to abstract submission:
When submitting your abstract, please select “SNA meets QCA” as session 
title in the drop down box on the submission site. To be extra sure please 
put a note in the "additional notes" box on the abstract submission form 
that states Anja Iseke as the session organizer.
For further information on the venue and conference registration see

Fischer, M. 2011. Social Network Analysis and Qualitative Comparative 
Analysis: Their Mutual Benefit for the Explanation of Policy Network 
Structures. Methodological Innovations Online, 6(2): 27–51.
Maggetti, M. 2009. The role of independent regulatory agencies in 
policy-making: a comparative analysis. Journal of European Public Policy, 
16(3): 450–470.
Raab, J., Provan, K. and Lemaire, R. The Configurational Approach in 
Organizational Networks Research, in:"Configurational Theory and Methods 
in Organizational Research", Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 
edited by P. Fiss, A. Marx and B. Cambre, forthcoming.
Ragin, C. C. 1989. The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and 
Quantitative Strategies (1st ed.). Berkeley: University of California 
Ragin, C. C. 2000. Fuzzy-Set Social Science. Chicago: University of 
Chicago Press.
Ragin, C. C. 2008. Redesigning social inquiry: Fuzzy sets and beyond. 
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Stevenson, W. B., & Greenberg, D. 2000. Agency and Social Networks: 
Strategies of Action in a Social Structure of Position, Opposition, and 
Opportunity. Administrative Science Quarterly, 45(4): 651–678.
Yamasaki, S., & Spreitzer, A. 2006. Beyond Methodological Tenets. In H. 
Grimm & B. Rihoux (Eds.), Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy 
Analysis: 95–120. New York: Springer.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anja Iseke

University of Paderborn
Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Warburger Straße 100
33098 Paderborn
Tel. (+49) 5251/60 2080
Fax (+49) 5251/60 3240
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