Toward Principles of Construct Clarity: Exploring the Usefulness of Facet Theory in Guiding Conceptualization

Meng Zhang, Guy Gable, Arun Rai


Conceptualization in theory development has received limited consideration despite its frequently stressed importance in Information Systems research. This paper focuses on the role of construct clarity in conceptualization, arguing that construct clarity should be considered an essential criterion for evaluating conceptualization and that a focus on construct clarity can advance conceptualization methodology. Drawing from Facet Theory literature, we formulate a set of principles for assessing construct clarity, particularly regarding a construct’s relationships to its extant related constructs. Conscious and targeted attention to this criterion can promote a research ecosystem more supportive of knowledge accumulation.


Conceptualization; Construct Clarity; Concept Clarity; Concept Formation; Construct Development; Meta-Theoretical Principle; Theoretical Framework; Facet Theory; IT Value; IS Success

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