Developing a typological theory using a quantitative approach: A case of information security deviant behavior

Man Ying Amanda CHU, Patrick Y. K. CHAU, Mike K. P. SO

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Abstract

Different from classification and taxonomy, typology meets the criteria of a theory and is a unique form of theory building. Typology is a good first step in exploring a research topic, and, therefore, we are concerned with building typological theories for underdeveloped topics with limited studies. We propose a four-step approach involving content analysis, multidimensional scaling, judgmental analysis, and empirical testing to guide researchers in developing typological theories in their domains of interest using a quantitative approach that rides on empirical methods and industry wisdom. Previous research in information security has paid little attention to employees' deviant behavior in the workplace. We, therefore, built a typology of information security deviant behavior as an example to illustrate the theory development process. We discuss the theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of this study. Copyright © 2015 by the Association for Information Systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-535
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Volume37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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Chu, A. M. Y., Chau, P. Y. K., & So, M. K. P. (2015). Developing a typological theory using a quantitative approach: A case of information security deviant behavior. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 37, 510-535. doi: 10.17705/1CAIS.03725

Keywords

  • Information security
  • Deviant behavior
  • Typological theory
  • Theory building
  • Multidimensional scaling