Research in entrepreneurship is increasingly exploring how archetypes, taxonomies, typologies, and configurations can help scholars understand complex entrepreneurial phenomena. We illustrate the potential for set-theoretic methods to inform this literature by offering best practices regarding how qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) can be used to explore research questions of interest to entrepreneurship scholars. Specifically, we introduce QCA, document how this approach has been used in management research, and provide step-by-step guidance to empower scholars to use this family of methods. We put a particular emphasis on the analytical procedures and offer solutions to dealing with potential pitfalls when using QCA-based methods and highlight opportunities for future entrepreneurship research.
Leppänen, P.T., McKenny, A.F. and Short, J.C. (2019), "Qualitative Comparative Analysis in Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Approach and Noting Opportunities for the Future", Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Vol. 11), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 155-177. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-838720190000011010
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