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.
Chu, Amanda M. Y.; Chau, Patrick Y. K.; and So, Mike K. P.
"Developing a Typological Theory Using a Quantitative Approach: A Case of Information Security Deviant Behavior,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 37
, Article 25.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol37/iss1/25