Use and misuse of qualitative comparative analysis.

  • Jordan E
  • Gross M
  • Javernick-Will A
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Abstract

Research in construction is often confronted with a trade-off of selecting either in-depth studies of small-N cases, which may affect generalization of findings, or statistical large-N studies, which may limit examination of causal links. Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) provides a middle ground between these options, allowing researchers to analytically determine different combinations of conditions that produce an outcome in comparative studies. QCA has been applied extensively in other fields; however, the method has only recently started to gain traction in construction research. Guidance on the implementation of QCA is provided, including: a description of the method and its variants; stages required for its application; its benefits and critiques; applications in the construction field; and recommendations for scholars employing the method. QCA is a promising approach for probing causal links via investigations between variable-based, large-N analyses and qualitative, case)

Author-supplied keywords

  • CIVIL engineering
  • COMPARATIVE studies
  • CONSTRUCTION contracts
  • CONSTRUCTION industry
  • PROJECT management
  • Qualitative analysis
  • qualitative comparative analysis
  • research methods

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Authors

  • Elizabeth Jordan

  • Martha E Gross

  • Amy Nicole Javernick-Will

  • Michael J Garvin

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