Using crisp and fuzzy set-theoretic analyses for middle-range theorising: a configurational comparative approach to case-based research

F. Shams

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to introduce a methodology that enables researchers to employ a set of systematic comparative tools and techniques in their multiple case study research that allow them to move from drawing loose comparisons towards a more formalised type of analysis, while simultaneously paying attention to within-case complexities. This methodology stands between the qualitative and the quantitative methods and helps researchers to build middle-range theories (Mjoset, 2001) from small to intermediate numbers of cases. This methodology encompasses a number of techniques including crisp and fuzzy set-theoretic qualitative comparative analyses, which have been used in a wide range of social science disciplines. However, these techniques have not received sufficient attention from higher education scholars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-182
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Perspectives on Higher Education Research
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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