A Set Theoretical Approach to Maturity Models: Guidelines and Demonstration

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    Abstract

    Maturity Model research in IS has been criticized for the lack of theoretical grounding, methodological rigor, empirical validations, and ignorance of multiple and non-linear paths to maturity. To address these criticisms, this paper proposes a novel set-theoretical approach to maturity models characterized by equifinality, multiple conjunctural causation, and case diversity. We prescribe methodological guidelines consisting of a six-step procedure to systematically apply set theoretic methods to conceptualize, develop, and empirically derive maturity models and provide a demonstration of it application on a social media maturity data-set. Specifically, we employ Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) to identify maturity stage boundaries as necessary conditions and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to arrive at multiple configurations that can be equally effective in progressing to higher maturity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICIS 2016 Proceedings
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2016
    Pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9780996683135
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventThe 37th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2016: Digital Innovation at the Crossroads - Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 11 Dec 201614 Dec 2016
    Conference number: 37
    https://icis2016.aisnet.org/

    Conference

    ConferenceThe 37th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2016
    Number37
    CountryIreland
    CityDublin
    Period11/12/201614/12/2016
    OtherThirty Seventh International Conference on Information Systems
    Internet address
    SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems
    Volume37

    Keywords

    • Maturity model
    • Set theory
    • Necessary conditions
    • Sufficient conditions
    • Necessary condition analysis (NCA)
    • Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA)

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    Lasrado, L., Vatrapu, R., & Andersen, K. N. (2016). A Set Theoretical Approach to Maturity Models: Guidelines and Demonstration. In ICIS 2016 Proceedings (pp. 20). Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, Vol.. 37 http://aisel.aisnet.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1355&context=icis2016