Building Better Causal Theories: A Fuzzy Set Approach to Typologies in Organization Research

  title={Building Better Causal Theories: A Fuzzy Set Approach to Typologies in Organization Research},
  author={Peer C. Fiss},
  journal={Academy of Management Journal},
  • Peer C. Fiss
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • Business
  • Academy of Management Journal
Typologies are an important way of organizing the complex cause-effect relationships that are key building blocks of the strategy and organization literatures. Here, I develop a novel theoretical perspective on causal core and periphery, which is based on how elements of a configuration are connected to outcomes. Using data on hightechnology firms, I empirically investigate configurations based on the Miles and Snow typology using fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). My findings… 

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