The modeling process for stage models
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present and test a modeling procedure, as researchers have struggled for decades to develop stages of growth models that are both theoretically founded and empirically validated. This article presents the concept and hypothesis of stages, the history of stage models and a procedure that may serve as a useful tool in modeling stages of growth. Design/methodology/approach – Based on previous research and lessons learned from case study experience of the government sector in Norway, a procedure for the stages of growth modeling process is suggested and demonstrated. The procedure was used developing a stage model for e-government interoperability. Findings – This article provides new insight into issues and challenges faced when engaging in stages of growth research. The paper proposes a new approach to stages of growth modeling. Originality/value – The utility of the suggested procedure is to improve theory building and empirical validation. The contribution to academia is the modeling process that can be applied in future developments of stages of growth. The contribution to practice lies in the stage hypothesis of organizational development over time.
This is the authors' final and acceptet version of the article, post refereeing. Publisher's version is available at www.tandfonline.com