Qualitative Analysis of Causal Links: Contribution of Process-Tracing to the Management Sciences


  • Mario Marcello Pasco Dalla Porta Departamento Académico de Ciencias de la Gestión, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú
  • Vania Estefany Cárdenas Vuckovic Facultad de Gestión y Alta Dirección, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú
  • Ángello Augusto Hernández Aburto Facultad de Gestión y Alta Dirección, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú




Process-tracing, Research Methods, Organizational Analysis, Strategic Process


The observation of causal links in organizational processes has prioritized the quantitative approach based on the processing of datasets. Process-tracing is an alternative methodological design, predominantly qualitative, for analysing these causal bonds. Unfortunately, this method is barely known and has limited application in the investigation of the organizational reality in the Iberoamerican region. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relevance of this method to the analysis of organizations. It departs by addressing the epistemological and methodological foundations of this method. Then it examines its importance to the analysis of organizations’ management. Lastly, it describes its application to the study of the strategic process of a restaurant chain with a plant-based diet in Lima, Peru. The document concludes by highlighting the importance of using this method and its contribution to the methodological pluralism in the discipline.


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How to Cite

Mario Marcello Pasco Dalla Porta, Vania Estefany Cárdenas Vuckovic, & Ángello Augusto Hernández Aburto. (2021). Qualitative Analysis of Causal Links: Contribution of Process-Tracing to the Management Sciences. New Trends in Qualitative Research, 9, 34–45. https://doi.org/10.36367/ntqr.9.2021.34-45