Events and Training


Research Seminar

NCA-guided QCA: A Methodology for Developing Stronger Causal Statements of Necessity and Sufficiency

Type: Research Seminar
Date: 4 October 2022, 12:00pm - 13:00pm, Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2)
Place: Rotterdam School of Management (T03-42), or online via Zoom
Description: Scholars frequently understand causation in terms of necessity and sufficiency.  However, the ontological relationship between necessary and sufficient conditions has not been fully explored.  We argue that sufficiency can only be correctly understood by taking necessity into context and develop a corresponding methodology.  NCA-guided QCA integrates Necessary Condition Analysis (Dul 2016, 2020) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (Ragin 1987, 2008), by using the results of the former to properly contextualize the latter's sufficiency analysis to those observations where the outcome is possible.  This methodology resolves outstanding questions regarding the relationship between necessary and sufficient conditions, allowing researchers to make stronger causal claims.
Fees: Free of charge 
Instructor:  Claude Rubinson, University of Houston

Application: The seminar is open to anyone interested. You can attend the seminar online via the following Zoom link: 

NCA Paper Development Workshop - October 2022

Type: Paper Development Workshop (PDW)
Date: 13 October 2022, 18:00pm - 21:00pm, Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2)
Place: online via Zoom
Description: In this Paper Development Workshop participants will be provided with feedbacks and advice that will help them to write a convincing manuscript that makes a valuable contribution to the scientific literature. The manuscript must be using NCA as the primary or secondary analytical technique.
Fees: Free of charge
Format: This PDW will be composed of discussions with NCA experts in a plenary session followed by roundtable discussions. 
Instructor:  Jan Dul, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands; Stefan Breet, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands and other members of the NCA development team

Application: You can sign up for the PDW 2022 via this link

Note that the number of participants is limited to 12.

Dissertation Defense Wilfred Knol

On the implementation of Lean Production in Manufacturing SMEs

Type: Public PhD dissertation defense
Date: October 27, 2022 at 12.30 Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2)
Place: Onsite at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Online via Zoom
Description: In this dissertation three out of four studies apply NCA: Study 1: Testing critical success factors for lean practice implementation, Study 2: The relative importance of continuous improvement routines for lean practice implementation, and Study 3: Establishing the interplay between lean operating and continuous improvement routines: a process view. The first two studies conduct NCA in a traditional way, identifying necessary conditions. The third study uses NCA to identify extreme and polar cases for a comparative case study. To view a copy of the dissertation, click here.
Presenter/Defender: Wilfred Knol, HAN University of Applied Sciences.
Fees: Free of charge.
Application: To attend the defense in person: click here; To attend the defense online: click here.


'Introduction to NCA' webinar and Software demonstrations (November 2022)

Type: 'Introduction to NCA' webinars and a follow-up software demonstration webinar
Date: 10th of November 2022

 Morning session

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

Afternoon session

  • Introduction webinar – 17:00 – 18:30pm CET (UTC + 1)
  • Software webinar – 18:30 – 19:30pm 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 express your interest in the webinar of November 2022 via email. The registrations for the webinars will open later throughout the year. Participants who have expressed their interest will be contacted when the registration opens. 

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

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