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Qualitative comparative analysis as a method for innovation research: analysing legal innovations in OECD countries

Qualitative Comparative Analysis als Methode für die Innovationsforschung: eine Analyse rechtlicher Neuerungen in OECD-Staaten

Laux, Thomas


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Abstract "The article presents Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as a method for innovation research. Based on set-theory, a key feature of QCA is the possibility to examine the necessary and the sufficient conditions for the institutionalisation of innovations. QCA aims to identify equifinal explanations for a social phenomenon, which consist of a combination of several conditions. This approach distinguishes QCA from qualitative and quantitative methods. Furthermore, QCA combines a comparative and a case-oriented approach, which is especially interesting for the analysis of innovations as context-sensitive and contingent phenomena. QCA as a research approach and method is outlined briefly, with special regard to the tasks of innovation research. Its application is presented in a study of the conditions for equal pay regulations in OECD countries. The analysis shows that the relevant actors for the institutionalisation of equal pay regulations are either women's movements or unions but that neither are solely sufficient for this legal innovation. Instead QCA also captures the context conditions for their impact on the enactment of equal pay regulations." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter innovation research; innovation; institutionalization; analysis; OECD member country; women's movement; trade union; affirmative action; wage; salary; method
Klassifikation Erhebungstechniken und Analysetechniken der Sozialwissenschaften; Wissenssoziologie; Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
Freie Schlagwörter QCA
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2015
Seitenangabe S. 79-108
Zeitschriftentitel Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 3
Heftthema Methods of innovation research: qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12759/hsr.40.2015.3.79-108
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht-kommerz.