Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to survey existing inter-organisational information securityresearch to scrutinise the kind of knowledge that is currently available and the way in which thisknowledge has been brought about.
Design/methodology/approach: The results are based on a literature review of inter-organisational information security research published between 1990 and 2014.
Findings: The authors conclude that existing research has focused on a limited set of research topics.A majority of the research has focused management issues, while employees’/non-staffs’ actualinformation security work in inter-organisational settings is an understudied area. In addition, themajority of the studies have used a subjective/argumentative method, and few studies combinetheoretical work and empirical data.
Research limitations/implications: The findings suggest that future research should address abroader set of research topics, focusing especially on employees/non-staff and their use of processes andtechnology in inter-organisational settings, as well as on cultural aspects, which are lacking currently;focus more on theory generation or theory testing to increase the maturity of this sub-field; and use abroader set of research methods.
Practical implications: The authors conclude that existing research is to a large extent descriptive,philosophical or theoretical. Thus, it is difficult for practitioners to adopt existing research results, suchas governance frameworks, which have not been empirically validated.
Originality/value: Few systematic reviews have assessed the maturity of existinginter-organisational information security research. Findings of authors on research topics, maturity andresearch methods extend beyond the existing knowledge base, which allow for a critical discussionabout existing research in this sub-field of information security.
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 24, no 5, 418-451 p.
Information security, Literature review, Inter-organisational, State-of-the-art review