Quality & Quantity

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 1315–1321 | Cite as

Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA): an application for the industry

  • Alexander Cotte Poveda
  • Clara Inés Pardo Martínez
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This article examines the management in Colombian industrial sectors using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). This method conceptualizes cases as combinations of attributes and use Boolean algebra to derive simplified expressions of combinations that lead to a specific outcome. In this analysis, we show the value of this method for studying the management in the industrial from different approaches.


Qualitative comparative analysis Industrial sector Applied microeconomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Cotte Poveda
    • 1
    • 3
  • Clara Inés Pardo Martínez
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Accounting and AdministrationUniversity of La SalleBogotáColombia
  3. 3.Energy and Climate Studies, Department of Energy TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology, KTHStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of La SalleBogotáColombia

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