Origins of MCA
MCA was developed by Dr. Roger Sages of Lund University in Sweden.
The method, based on phenomenological analysis, uses Husserlian phenomenology principles.
The fundamental concept of the method is to use information obtained from the researched individuals and seize the intention of the expressions to reconstruct their world, rather than deal with the essence of the information itself. Now, equipped with a virtual model of the subjectsí life/world the researcher can study this world for answers.
Since its development, MCA has been adopted by a wide variety of learning institutions throughout Europe and the USA. The method has been the subject of many presentations at the IACCP and ARIC as well as other professional societies1.
It has been used by various businesses and organizations ranging from steel producers (analysis of kaizen group performance) to the Swedish Air Force to geriatric care institutions.
Following the evolution of the Meaning Constitution Analysis method, a software which greatly enhances the ease of applying MCA was developed and, in its second release, is readily available from the company.
1 IACCP: International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology; ARIC: Association Pour la Recherche Interculturelle; ISSWOP: Intíl Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values