The purpose of this interpretive four-phase study was to develop and apply a technique of multidimensional scaling (MDS) to present psychometric concept maps within the knowledge domain of security risk management. Additional and related purposes were to present the knowledge categories and subordinate concepts of security and consider the appropriateness of MDS to develop and present consensual concept maps.
The psychometric MDS security risk management concept map presented the expert knowledge structure of security risk management, demonstrating the inclusive and spatial locality of significant concepts, conceptual complexity of the domain and the central aspect of threat – ratifying the psychometric security risk management concept map. In addition, the psychometric MDS concept mapping technique was described, proving to be an appropriate technique to develop, construct and present consensual concept maps, an outcome reported by similar mapping studies. However, unlike other studies, the Delphi process was integrated in the interpolation of propositional linkages. The literature had little reported discussion on the development and the importance of concept maps propositional linkages to effectively transfer knowledge.
The study outcomes presented 14 security knowledge categories, 2001 tabulated security related concepts, the psychometric MDS concept map of security risk management and demonstrated the appropriateness of the psychometric MDS concept mapping technique. The development and presentation of both the security knowledge categories and psychometric MDS security risk management concept map may aid, in part, the consensual development of a security body of knowledge. Also, security experts’ consensual understanding of security risk management may allow improved teaching and learning within this knowledge domain. Finally, the psychometric MDS concept mapping technique may have many benefits within teaching and learning, augmenting our understanding and transfer of implicit knowledge structure.
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