A. (Tony) Hak

Associate Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2000

Tony Hak is an associate professor at the Department of Technology and Operations Management , Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Professor Hak trained as a medical sociologist and psychiatric epidemiologist at the Erasmus Medical Centre, where his specialization was conversation analysis, discourse analysis and text sociology. He completed his doctoral dissertation in 1988 at the University of Amsterdam, where he developed a research methodology for sociological text analysis.

He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the methodology of discourse analysis, conversation analysis, the principles of coding and coder training, survey interviewing and cognitive interviewing.

Journals in which his publications have appeared include the British Medical Journal, Social Science & Medicine, the Sociology of Health and Illness, Qualitative Sociology, Quality of Life Research and Survey Research Methodology.

Together with Jan Dul he co-authored the book Case Study Methodology in Business Research (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008). The Sage Encyclopedia of Case Study Research (Sage, 2010) published four entries from the book detailing different aspects of theory-testing and theory-building with cases.

Professor Hak's current research interests lie in qualitative analysis, necessary condition analysis, and meta-analysis. He loves to teach these types of analysis. Professor Hak is also an experienced teacher of case study methodology, questionnaire construction, business survey methodology, and practice-oriented (“applied”) research.

Key Publications (12)

  • Hak, T., Jaspers, F.P.H. & Dul, J. (2013). The Analysis of Temporally Ordered Configurations: Challenges and Solutions. In P.C. Fiss, B. Cambré & A. Marx (Eds.), Configurational Theory and Methods in Organizational Research (Research in the Sociology of Organization, 38) (pp. 109-127). Bingley, UK: Emerald.
  • Hak, T. & Bernts, APJ (2009). Coder training: explicit instruction and implicit socialization? In K Krippendorff & A Bock (Eds.), The Content Analysis Reader (pp. 220-233). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hak, T. (1999). Text? and `con-text?: Talk bias in studies of health care work. In Srikant Sarangi & Celia Roberts (Eds.), Talk, work and the institutional order (pp. 427-451). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
  • Hak, T. & Dul, J. (2010). Pattern Matching. In A.J. Mills, G Durepos & E Wiebe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Case Study Research (pp. 663-665). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hak, T. & Dul, J. (2010). Replication. In A.J. Mills, G Durepos & E Wiebe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Case Study Research (pp. 804-806). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hak, T. & Dul, J. (2010). Theory-testing with cases. In A.J. Mills, G Durepos & E Wiebe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of case study research (pp. 937-942). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hak, T. & Dul, J. (2010). Theory-building with cases. In A.J. Mills, G Durepos & E Wiebe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Case Study Research (pp. 932-937). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hak, T. (2004). The interactional form of professional dominance. In Lindsay Prior, Ellen Annandale & Mary.Ann Elston (Eds.), Medical work, medical knowledge and health care. A Sociology of Health & Illness Reader (pp. 351-369). Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Hak, T. (2003). Interviewer laughter as an unspecified request for clarification. In et al., Harry van den Berg & Margaret Wetherell (Eds.), Analyzing race talk. Multidisciplinary approaches to the interview (pp. 204-214). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • The, Anne-Mei & Hak, T. (2003). Optimisme bij patienten met longkanker. In Tony Hak & Fred Wester (Eds.), Kwalitatief onderzoek: de praktijk (pp. 95-113). Amsterdam: SISWO.
  • Hak, T. (2002). How interviewers make coding decisions. In Douglas W. Maynard et al. (Ed.), Standardization and tacit knowledge. Interaction and practice in the survey interview (pp. 449-469). New York: John Wiley.
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Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-33
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Hak, T. (2014). After Statistics Reform: Should We Still Teach Significance Testing? In K. Makar, B. de Sousa & R. Gould (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS9, July, 2014). Voorburg, the Netherlands: International Statistical Institute.