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Taxonomy Development In Information Systems: Developing A Taxonomy Of Mobile Applications


  • Robert Nickerson

    () (CEB - Center for Electronic Business - SFSU - San Francisco State University)

  • Jan Muntermann

    () (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main)

  • Upkar Varshney

    () (Georgia State University)

  • Henri Isaac

    () (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - Université Paris-Dauphine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


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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  • Robert Nickerson & Jan Muntermann & Upkar Varshney & Henri Isaac, 2009. "Taxonomy Development In Information Systems: Developing A Taxonomy Of Mobile Applications," Working Papers halshs-00375103, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:halshs-00375103
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    taxonomie; application mobile; taxonomy; design science; mobile application;

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