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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 21.09.2022, 13:50 authored by Federico Iannacci, Colm Fearon, Peter KawalekPeter Kawalek, Boyka SimeonovaBoyka Simeonova

This 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.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Information Systems Journal

Publisher

Wiley

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

27/08/2022

Publication date

2022-09-18

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1350-1917

eISSN

1365-2575

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Peter Kawalek. Deposit date: 21 September 2022