Causal Mapping: A Discussion and Demonstration

Causal Mapping: A Discussion and Demonstration

Deborah J. Armstrong (University of Arkansas, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-396-8.ch002
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Abstract

Causal mapping is a technique that can be used to represent cognition because it captures the structure of the causal assertions of an individual or group. As causal mapping becomes more prominent in the IS field, it is important that we understand the method, its strengths and limitations and its place within the spectrum of available research methods. Many researchers have made assumptions (both explicit and implicit) regarding causal mapping, without explicating the steps involved. This chapter details the causal mapping (CM) process and decisions that must be addressed so that researchers and practitioners can utilize this method to understand IS issues from a cognitive perspective, as well as provoke interest in expanding the boundaries of the CM method within the IS field.

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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
V. K. Narayanan
In this chapter, I provide an historical overview of the use of causal mapping, and its migration from political science to organization theory, and... Sample PDF
Causal Mapping: An Historical Overview
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Chapter 2
Deborah J. Armstrong
Causal mapping is a technique that can be used to represent cognition because it captures the structure of the causal assertions of an individual or... Sample PDF
Causal Mapping: A Discussion and Demonstration
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Chapter 3
Gerard P. Hodgkinson, Gail P. Clarkson
In this chapter we review major developments that have occurred over the past 30 years or so in the philosophical underpinnings, elicitation... Sample PDF
What Have We Learned from Almost 30 Years of Research on Causal Mapping? Methodological Lessons and Choices for the Information Systems and Information Technology Communities
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Chapter 4
Jana Diesner, Kathleen M. Carley
Texts can be coded and analyzed as networks of concepts often referred to as maps or semantic networks. In such networks, for many texts there are... Sample PDF
Revealing Social Structure from Texts: Meta-Matrix Text Analysis as a Novel Method for Network Text Analysis
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Chapter 5
Rajendra P. Srivastava, Mari W. Buche, Tom L. Roberts
The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the use of the evidential reasoning approach under the Dempster-Shafer (D-S) theory of belief... Sample PDF
Belief Function Approach to Evidential Reasoning in Causal Maps
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Chapter 6
Huy V. Vo, Marshall Scott Poole, James F. Courtney
Recently, capturing and evaluating group causal maps has come to attention of IS researchers (Tegarden and Sheetz, 2003; Lee, Courtney & O’Keefe... Sample PDF
An Empirical Comparison of Collective Causal Mapping Approaches
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Chapter 7
Deborah J. Armstrong, V. K. Narayanan
In this chapter, we compare the findings from causal maps derived from semi-structured interviews with that obtained from survey respondents, using... Sample PDF
Expanding Horizons: Juxtaposing Causal Mapping and Survey Techniques
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Chapter 8
Kay M. Nelson
Revealed causal mapping (RCM) represents one of the best ways to study a phenomenon in a discovery or evocative setting. The RCM method provides... Sample PDF
Reflections on the Interview Process in Evocative Settings
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Chapter 9
David P. Tegarden, Linda F. Tegarden, Steven D. Sheetz
The cognitive diversity of top management teams has been shown to affect the performance of a firm. In some cases, cognitive diversity has been... Sample PDF
Using Causal Mapping to Uncover Cognitive Diversity within a Top Management Team
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Chapter 10
Tor J. Larsen, Fred Niederman
This research project gathered data about the use of UML and object-oriented analysis and design as the approach to the development of information... Sample PDF
Causal Mapping for the Investigation of the Adoption of UML in Information Technology Project Development
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Chapter 11
Fran Ackermann, Colin Eden
Identifying what different stakeholders in a business need from Information Systems development has always been seen as problematic. There are... Sample PDF
Using Causal Mapping to Support Information Systems Development: Some Considerations
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Chapter 12
Douglas L. Micklich
The formulation and implementation of effective strategy at every level within an organization requires that those involved in the process have not... Sample PDF
Strategic Implications of Causal Mapping in Strategy Analysis and Formulation
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Chapter 13
Luca Iandoli, Giuseppe Zollo
Knowledge management practices in software development and engineering have been focused mainly on knowledge sharing and maintenance whereas less... Sample PDF
Knowledge at Work in Software Development: A Cognitive Approach for Sharing Knowledge and Creating Decision Support for Life-Cycle Selection
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Chapter 14
Robert F. Otondo
Comparing, contrasting, and collectivizing causal maps provides a useful way for extending representations of individual-level cognitions to an... Sample PDF
Object-Oriented Approaches to Causal Mapping: A Proposal
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Chapter 15
V. K. Narayanan, Jiali Liao
Analysis of the behavior of casual maps is not as well developed as the analysis of their content and structure. In this chapter, we propose a set... Sample PDF
An Outline of Approaches to Analyzing the Behavior of Causal Maps
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