Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) in Information Systems


auditorium 08, Turku School Economics (address: Rehtorinpellonkatu 3, Turku)


Registration is open until April 11. 


Professor Ilias O. Pappas, University of Agder & NTNU, Norway


Professor Matti Mäntymäki, University of Turku


The increasing interest in fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) in Information Systems and marketing raised the need for a tutorial paper that discusses the basic concepts and principles of the method to provide answers to typical questions that editors, reviewers, and authors would have when dealing with a new tool of analysis, and practically guide researchers on how to employ fsQCA. In our recent tutorial paper (Pappas & Woodside, 2021) we offer a detailed step-by-step guide on how to employ fsQCA by using as an example an already published study.

In this 2-day intensive course, Prof. Pappas will offer an introduction to the method along with an overview of the basic steps.

The course comprises two sessions. In the first session, beyond the introduction to fsQCA, we will present details and examples of how to perform fsQCA using the respective software application.  In the second session, participants are encouraged to bring their own work (e.g., working papers, datasets) to be discussed in the workshop. We will help the students run the analysis and apply fsQCA to your existing datasets. A dataset used in a published article will be shared with the participants.

Detailed Program

Day 1

Session 1: 10.00-11.30. Intro to configurational methods with fsQCA.

Session 2: 12.30-14.00 Hands-on with the fsQCA software

Session 3: 14.30-16.00 Data Calibration (Bring your own data if you have them)

Day 2

Session 1: 9.00-10.30 Interpreting the findings (from the tutorial or your own data if you have)

Session 2: 11.00-12.30 Predictive validity and going back to the cases.



Tutorial with questionnaire data examples
Pappas, I. O., & Woodside, A. G. (2021). Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA): Guidelines for research practice in Information Systems and marketing. International Journal of Information Management58, 102310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2021.102310 (Open Access)

Mattke, J., Maier, C., Weitzel, T., Gerow, J. E., & Thatcher, J. B. (2022). Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in information systems research: status quo, guidelines, and future directions. Communications of the association for information systems50(1), 8.

Example with interview data
Tasoulis, K., Pappas, I. O., Vlachos, P., & Oruh, E. S. (2023). Employee reactions to planned organizational culture change: A configurational perspective. Human Relations, 00187267231183305.

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating and completing the assignment. Instructions for the assignment will be given at the seminar.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for Inforte.fi member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.