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Philosophy of Management

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2005

Real Worlds

Özlem Öz
Pages 55-66

Fuzzy Logic and Strategic Management
An Application of Ragin’s Fuzzy-Set Methods

The main purpose of this article is to bring Ragin’s recent methodological contributions, which build on ideas borrowed from fuzzy logic, to the attention of management scholars. To demonstrate the possible use of the techniques developed by Ragin in management research, three specific examples for their likely applications are presented: the replications of Porter’s diamond framework for Turkey, Greece and Canada. The article concludes that Ragin’s systematic techniques prove helpful in making explicit the process of comparing qualitative evidence derived from case study research, and thus they deserve greater attention in the management literature.

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