Events and Training


NCA Introduction webinar and Software Demonstration (February 2023)

Type: NCA Introduction webinar and a follow-up NCA Software Demonstration
Date: 7th of February 2023

 Morning session

  • Introduction webinar – 09:00 – 10:30 CET (UTC + 1)
  • Software webinar – 11:00 – 12:00 CET (UTC + 1)

Afternoon session

  • Introduction webinar – 16:00 – 17:30 CET (UTC + 1)
  • Software webinar – 18:00 – 19:00 CET (UTC + 1)

The webinars will be hosted twice to facilitate multiple time zones. 

Place: online via Zoom.
Description Introduction to NCA webinar: The 'Introduction to NCA' webinar will help participants who are completely new to NCA to get a first understanding of 'What is NCA?'
Description Software Demonstration: The 'NCA software demonstration' webinar is for participants who know about NCA (e.g. after attending the 'Introduction to NCA' webinar earlier on the day) and who want to run NCA with the NCA software in R. Knowledge of the programming language R is not required, but helpful. 

The 'Introduction to NCA' webinar and the software demonstration can be attended seperately. 

Fees: Free of charge, the webinars are open to anyone interested in NCA.
Instructor:  Jan Dul and Caroline Witte, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands.

Application: You can sign up for the event via this registration form.

NCA Symposium - EURAM (Ireland, 2023)

Type: Symposium at EURAM Conference 2023
Date: 14 - 16 June 2023
Place: Trinity Business School in Dublin, Ireland
Description: Symposium with presentation of papers or paper ideas and discussions. This symposium is part of the SIG 12 - Research Methods and Research Practice.
Fees: part of the EURAM conference fee 
Pannellists: to be announced

Summer Course - Radboud University (Nijmegen, 2023)

Title: Necessary Condition Analysis. (NCA) – Theory and Practice
Type: Summer Course
Date: 26th - 30th June 2022 (2nd week of the Summer Course)
Host: Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Description: This doctoral course will teach you the fundamentals of Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) and help you design your first NCA research project. Necessary Condition Analysis is an innovative research method for identifying necessary (but not sufficient) conditions in data sets. Allowing you to separate the "need-to-haves" from the "nice-to-haves", NCA offers compelling practical advice and novel theoretical insights. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to NCA, including its theoretical logic, practical application, relation to other research methods, and research design.

The course is designed for students, researchers, and practitioners who want to understand the fundamentals of NCA and learn how they can effectively use the method in their own research projects.

This unique five-day course combines theoretical discussions with practical assignments. You will learn more about conditional logic and how it changes the way we think about causal relationships. We will teach you how to conduct an NCA with the statistical programming language R and RStudio. You will also learn how to identify and formulate necessary condition hypotheses in your own area of expertise. The course will be interactive and developmental in nature. At the end of the course, you will be able to design your own NCA research project.

You will earn 2ECTS when you complete the attendance and participations requirements of the course. It will also be possible to obtain 2 additional ECTS. To do so, you need to write a short academic paper that correctly uses NCA, including the theoretical development and empirical testing of necessity hypotheses.

Course Schedule

Day 1: Introduction to Necessary Condition Analysis

On the first day of the course, we will discuss the origins, key concepts, and principles of Necessary Condition Analysis. Using published research and practical examples, we will discuss the relevance Necessary Condition Analysis for causal explanation, problem-solving, and decision-making. You will learn about the purpose of the method and its complementarity to other analytical techniques.

Day 2: Developing Necessity Theories and Hypotheses

The second day of the course will zoom in on the theoretical requirements and implications of Necessary Condition Analysis. We will discuss how necessity logic can strengthen existing theoretical frameworks or lead to new theoretical perspectives. There are several ways in which a Necessary Condition Analysis study can make a valuable theoretical contribution to the literature. You will learn how to recognize these contributions in your work and formulate necessity hypotheses that you can test in your area of research.

Day 3: Applying Necessary Condition Analysis

On the third day of the workshop, we will dive into the technical application of Necessary Condition Analysis. We will start with a step-by-step explanation of the research process, from study design to data analysis. We will discuss the criteria that we use to determine whether a condition is necessary or not. You will participate in hands-on exercises that will help you understand how to apply necessary condition analysis in your work.

Day 4: Advanced Topics

The fourth day of the workshop revolves around various advanced topics. We will discuss several emerging trends and development, including the combination of Necessary Condition Analysis with other methods such as Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) or Partial Least Squares Regression (PLS).

Day 5: Conclusion

Day five of our course is dedicated to your development as a researcher. We will start with a recap of the key concepts and takeaways from the course. You will present the research proposal you developed and will receive feedback from the class and the instructors. We will make sure that you have everything you need to further develop your expertise and write impactful academic papers based on the Necessary Condition Analysis approach.  
ECTS: 2 (+ 2 bonus)
Fee: TBD
Instructor:  Jan Dul, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands; Stefan Breet, Radboud University, Netherlands.
Application: event website


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