Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Family Business
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Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Family Business

Edited by Alfredo De Massis and Nadine Kammerlander

This timely Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the methodological challenges of qualitative research in family business. Written by an international, multidisciplinary team of experts in the field, the Handbook provides practical guidance based on the experiences of senior researchers, and features reflective discussion on how to craft insightful, rigorous studies.
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Chapter 14: The fsQCA method in family business research

Daniel Pittino, Francesca Visintin and Giancarlo Lauto

Abstract

The proper understanding of the family business phenomenon requires the adoption of a methodological approach that embraces the complex intertwinement of different social systems. The configurational approach is particularly appropriate for this aim, and within this approach, Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) is a technique that has great potential for the description, explanation and interpretation of family firms’ characteristics and dynamics. This chapter illustrates the main features of the fsQCA technique within the configurational approach, and discusses its range of applications to the family business field.

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