Wilfred Knol (photo) and colleagues from Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Han University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem, the Netherlands have published a paper on "Implementing lean practices in manufacturing SMEs: testing ‘critical success factors’ using Necessary Condition Analysis". The paper is in press in the International Journal of Production Research (free access).
2017 was a very successful year for NCA. The NCA community has grown to more than 400 researchers. Scholars have used NCA in their research, are currently using it, or are otherwise interested in the method. Publications with NCA have appeared in a variety of journals in different fields of social sciences, including psychology, business and management. NCA applications have entered the technical and medical sciences as well. Many NCA events took place, and more tools to apply NCA have become available.
Zsofia Toth and Jan Dul delivered an NCA workshop at Oxford University (Nuffield College) discussing the necessary condition logic and its application to social network theory.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease has published a paper that uses NCA to study motivation in people with schizophrenia. The journal, founded in 1874, is the world's oldest independent scientific monthly in the field of human behavior, and appears to be the first medical journal to publish a study that uses NCA.
During the last couple of weeks several events took place where NCA was introduced and discussed with PhD students, and other researchers.
A third study that uses NCA to test the hypothesis that intelligence is necessary for creativity was published in the journal Intelligence.
PhD students from three Hamburg universities with backgrounds in marketing, logistics, organizational behavior, and political economics, amongst others, attended a one-day course on NCA, discussing necessary conditions in their respective fields, how to perform an NCA-analysis, and how to publish with NCA.
More than 30 business and management scholars attended the professional development workshop (PDW) on NCA at the Britisch Academy of Management at the University of Warwick, UK.
A group of researchers from Australia/Finland, Netherlands, and Denmark has published a paper that appears to be the first NCA paper in the field of Entrepreneurship research. The abstract of the paper reads as follows: "Nascent entrepreneurs’ gestation activities are crucial for firm emergence.