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Aligning the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) counterfactual approach with the practice of retroduction: Some preliminary insights

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posted on 2024-01-08, 14:58 authored by Federico Iannacci, Colm Fearon, Peter Kawalek, Boyka Simeonova
AbstractThis study offers fresh ontological insights by examining generative causality through the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) counterfactual lens, in conjunction with Critical Realism and the practice of retroduction. Specifically, it claims that Information Systems (IS) researchers could retroduce generative mechanisms by leveraging the QCA counterfactual approach to causation because retroduction is about conjecturing hypothetical mechanisms that would generate the outcome of interest in a counterfactual fashion. Drawing on an example of typological theorising, this study calls for a renewed effort in the use of retroduction in the study of IS phenomena. In addition, this study sheds new light on the overarching approach for conducting Critical Realist (case study) research. A number of theoretical, methodological, and practical implications are discussed.

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Iannacci, F., Fearon, C., Kawalek, P., & Simeonova, B. (2023). Aligning the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) counterfactual approach with the practice of retroduction: Some preliminary insights. Information Systems Journal, 33(3), 467–485. https://doi.org/10.1111/isj.12409

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School of Business, University of Leicester

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Information Systems Journal

Volume

33

Issue

3

Pagination

467 - 485

Publisher

Wiley

issn

1350-1917

eissn

1365-2575

Acceptance date

2022-08-27

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2024-01-08

Language

en

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