Despite being widely accepted and applied across research domains, maturity models have been criticized for lacking academic rigor, especially methodologically rigorous and empirically grounded or tested maturity models are quite rare. Attempting to close this gap, we adopt a set-theoretic approach by applying the Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) technique to derive maturity stages and stage boundaries conditions. The ontology is to view stages (boundaries) in maturity models as a collection of necessary condition. Using social media maturity data, we demonstrate the strength of our approach and evaluate some of arguments presented by previous conceptual focused social media maturity models.
Lasrado, Lester Allan; Vatrapu, Ravi; and Andersen, Kim Normann, "A Methodological Demonstration of Set-Theoretical Approach to Social Media Maturity Models Using Necessary Condition Analysis" (2016). PACIS 2016 Proceedings. 249.