Causal Process Tracing: A new approach to studying the dynamics and evolution of business relations and networks

Ian Wilkinson, Louise Young, Yimin Huang

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Abstract

In this paper we describe an approach originally developed in political science, causal process tracing (CPT) or process tracing and show how it facilitates deeper understanding and researching of change processes in a business relation and its network. CPT originated in earlier research on process tracing systems but has been further developed to become a well specified methodology that can be used to study the change process in many types of socio-economic systems. To our knowledge CPT has not been used in the study of business markets. In this paper we describe this approach, its philosophical underpinnings and compare and contrast it with other approaches, including configural approaches, such as QCA, TQCA, event structure analysis and narrative sequence methods. We then show how it can be used to better understand the dynamics and evolution of business relations and networks and illustrate its use by analysing part of a case study of the development of a business relation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIMP Conference 2020
Subtitle of host publicationthe 35th Industrial Marketing Purchasing (IMP) Conference
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherIMP Group
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIMP Conference (35th : 2020) - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Aug 201930 Aug 2020

Conference

ConferenceIMP Conference (35th : 2020)
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period27/08/1930/08/20

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