Toward principles of construct clarity: Exploring the usefulness of facet theory in guiding conceptualization

Zhang, Meng, Gable, Guy, & Rai, Arun (2016) Toward principles of construct clarity: Exploring the usefulness of facet theory in guiding conceptualization. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 20, pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Conceptualization in theory development has received limited consideration despite its frequently stressed importance in Information Systems research. This paper focuses on the role of construct clarity in conceptualization, arguing that construct clarity should be considered an essential criterion for evaluating conceptualization and that a focus on construct clarity can advance conceptualization methodology. Drawing from Facet Theory literature, we formulate a set of principles for assessing construct clarity, particularly regarding a construct’s relationships to its extant related constructs. Conscious and targeted attention to this criterion can promote a research ecosystem more supportive of knowledge accumulation.

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ID Code: 94219
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Conceptualization, Construct Clarity, Concept Clarity, Concept Formation, Construct Development, Meta-Theoretical Principle, Theoretical Framework, Facet Theory, IT Value, IS Success
DOI: 10.3127/ajis.v20i0.1123
ISSN: 1449-8618
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Australia Licence.
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2016 03:14
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 01:22

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