The complexity of the information systems field often lends itself to classification schemes, or
taxonomies, which provide ways to understand the similarities and differences among objects under
study. Developing a taxonomy, however, is a complex process that is often done in an ad hoc way.
This research-in-progress paper uses the design science paradigm to develop a systematic method for
taxonomy development in information systems. The method we propose uses an indicator or
operational level model that combines both empirical to deductive and deductive to empirical
approaches. We evaluate this method by using it to develop a taxonomy of mobile applications, which
we have chosen because of their ever-increasing number and variety. The resulting taxonomy contains
seven dimensions with fifteen characteristics. We demonstrate the usefulness of this taxonomy by
analyzing a range of current and proposed mobile applications. From the results of this analysis we
identify combinations of characteristics where applications are missing and thus are candidates for
new and potentially useful applications.
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