Call for Papers for
a session on "SNA meets QCA"
at the XXXIII.
Sunbelt Conference, May 21 - 26, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany
Anja Iseke, University of Paderborn,
Germany, [log in to unmask]
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
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 following:
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:http://www.abstractserver.com/sunbelt2013/absmgm/
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
For further information on the venue
and conference registration see http://hamburg-sunbelt2013.org
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and Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Their Mutual Benefit for the Explanation
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of European Public Policy, 16(3): 450–470.
Raab, J., Provan, K. and Lemaire,
R. The Configurational
Approach in Organizational Networks Research, in:"Configurational
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Ragin, C. C. 1989. The Comparative
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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
Tel. (+49) 5251/60 2080
Fax (+49) 5251/60 3240
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