May 23rd

Exclusive Evening


When Too Many Roads Lead to Rome:

How QCA can help consultants get to terms with analyzing complexity


In today’s complex reality, most researchers and consultants accept that that there may be multiple causal pathways leading to similar results. Take organization performance, for example. It is not always only down to good leadership, strategy or products. We are often puzzled by examples of questionable management practices, which still produce above-average margins and ROI. There is even an urban myth making the rounds, that to be a successful senior executive, it is far more important what industry you are in, then how honed your business acumen is.

With this Call for Abstracts QCA is a new and innovative mixed-method analytical approach to investigating causal complexity. It is especially powerful in situations of equifinallity, when in open systems, a given end state can be reached by many potential means. QCA bridges quantitative and quantitative methodologies and is recommended in instances when standard statistical analyses, such a correlational analysis, just don’t seem to yield valid explanations; a situation often faced by consultants working with big data and large organizations.

On May 23, the Antwerp Management School will host the 2nd International QCA Summer Workshops. For the first time, worldwide recognized experts will join forces in Belgium and share their knowledge and experience with consultants and other business professionals.



In an exclusive afternoon and evening session, three leading practitioners, who have all worked with major international companies, will provide a hands-on introduction to QCA and demonstrate how it can be utilized in a business environment. They will share case examples and give a practical induction to ‘QCA with R’, an open source statistical freeware.


Over dinner, the participants will have the opportunity to meet 25 top QCA scientists and discuss issues relating to investigating complexity.


After dinner, individual 1-2-1 sessions will be held with every participant where, in a private and confidential setting, consultants can introduce an assignment, explain the analytical challenge they face and receive advice on how QCA could assist them. Finally, as a gift, all participants will receive a free copy of “Intersectional Inequality”, a book by Charles Ragin and Peers Fiss, two of the gurus of applied QCA.


The Experts

Prof. dr. Peer Fiss

Prof. dr. Peer Fiss, is a Professor of Management & Organization at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and in the field of management the international QCA reference.

Prof. dr. Donal Crilly

Prof. dr. Donal Crilly is Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. Crilly’s research interests include stakeholder theory, managerial cognition, and intertemporal choice.

Prof. dr. Bart Cambré

Prof. dr. Bart Cambré is Vice Dean of Antwerp Management School and professor of Business Research Methods at Antwerp Management School, the University of Antwerp and MCI (Austria). He currently holds the chair on Business Research Methods at Antwerp Management School.


Fee & Registration

The fee is 2900 euro this also includes a first access to subscribe for a series of exclusive follow-up sessions and all participants will receive a free copy of ‘Intersectional Inequality’, a book by Charles Ragin and Peers Fiss, two of the gurus of applied QCA.



Antwerp Management School, Boogkeers 5, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.