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Causal Mapping:

An Historical Overview

V.K. Narayanan

Drexel University, USA

Abstract

In this chapter, I provide an historical overview of the use of causal mapping, and its

migration from political science to organization theory, and more recently into

research efforts in Information Technology (IT). Since this migration has brought in

its wake a diversity of perspectives and approaches, a secondary objective of this

chapter is to sketch this diversity. I discuss the diversity in perspectives, research

contexts and focus. Three perspectives (social constructionist, objectivist, and expertanchored),

four research contexts (discovery, hypothesis testing, evocative and

intervention) and three types of foci (content, structure and behavior) are summarized.