Nomological Networks in IS Research

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Belkhamza, Zakariya; Hubona, Geoffrey S
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One major element to assess construct validity in positivism research is nomological validity, a concept that is still considered new in IS research. There exists very limited research on how nomological validity is manifested in IS research measurement, and how the existence of nomological validity is established. However, concrete procedures to establish criteria to make these judgments have not been well developed. The objective of this research is to investigate the issue of nomological validity in IS research based on a solid framework of construct validity, and to identify a superior means of establishing the nomological validity in the discipline. This is conducted by canvassing empirical studies published in eight IS journals and quantifying to what extent nomological validity has been established in past research. It is hoped that the findings of this research will provide IS researchers with better systematic and quantitative methods for ensuring consistent nomological validity.