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The Nomological Network and the Research Continuum

The Nomological Network and the Research Continuum
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Author(s): Michael J. Masterson (USAF Air War College, USA) and R. Kelly Rainer Jr. (Auburn University, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 7
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch452


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Social science and management information systems (MIS) research have been criticized for failure to integrate theory construction and theory testing (see e.g., Subramanian & Nilakanta, 1994). In particular, concerns with MIS as a cohesive research discipline have long included inadequate construct development and lack of valid, reliable measuring instruments for those constructs (Keen, 1980). Understanding the theoretical basis of constructs and how they are developed and tested across the research continuum are fundamentals of a cohesive academic discipline. To provide a common research framework for the growth of MIS as a scientific discipline, this chapter proposes a framework for an integrated research continuum across the life cycle of the research process.

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