On the use of configurational analysis in entrepreneurial research

Shahrokh Nikou, Jozsef Mezei

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    The relevance of understanding entrepreneurial intention has been – and still is – a highly relevant research problem. Traditional approaches in this domain utilize theories rooted in the Theory of Reasoned Action and rely on tools offered by regression analysis-based approaches. In contrast to this widely used combination, in this article we reason why new theoretically justified constructs and a more causal explanation-oriented data analysis approach can complement and improve existing literature. In addition to the domain-specific contribution, we also show how Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (FsQCA) can be used as a basis of performing classification tasks to identify individuals with entrepreneurial intention potential. The introduced approach also addresses one of the most important methodological shortcomings of FsQCA, namely parameter selection in deriving important sufficient rules. Our contributions are exemplified using a dataset collected from eight countries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Entrepreneurial Cognition and Intention
    EditorsMalin Brännback, Alan L. Carsrud
    PublisherEdward Elgar
    ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78471 681 3
    ISBN (Print)978 1 78471 680 6
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


    • Entrepreneurial intention
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis


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