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(2005) Aurum, Aybuke; Demirbilek, Oya; Dasgupta, SubhasishBook ChapterProduct failure due to consumer separation from the design process can cause customer dissatisfaction and damage to businesses. This article focuses on the concept of virtual collaborative design and analyses the benefits and the barriers to online user collaboration in the early stages of the design process for product development. Furthermore, the article reports findings based on a survey study conducted with four potential stakeholders; representative of consumers, software designers, industrial designers, and manufacturers.
(2013) Cecez-Kecmanovic, Dubravka; Kennan, Mary Anne; Williamson, Kirsty; Johanson, GraemeBook ChapterThis chapter begins with a broad overview of the methodological landscape that distinguishes between three levels: the level of meta-theoretical assumptions where different paradigms are articulated, the level of research methods and the level of research techniques and tools. Different research paradigms are then discussed, making explicit the assumptions that inform them, and the relationships between methodology, theory and method in conducting research. We then build on this analysis illustrating the distinctive nature of the paradigms with examples from three seminal papers from within the same topic domain, information richness. Drawing on these papers, we discuss how the methodological assumptions determine choice of research paradigm, formulation of research questions and selection of methods, and provide practical examples of how this is achieved. The chapter concludes by summarising the arguments for adopting a broader view of research methodology and its importance for achieving greater reflexive awareness of our ‘unconscious metaphysics’ that underlay and influence how we see and research the world.
(2013) Kennan, Mary Anne; Williamson, Kirsty; Johanson, GraemeBook ChapterThis chapter describes the various forms and sources of research data and the importance of planning to appropriately manage data throughout their life cycle. The many reasons that data should be managed within research projects and programs (and beyond to enable future use) are discussed. Legal, ethical and policy reasons for planning are introduced, as are practical and pragmatic reasons, along with the role of researchers in data management processes. Ten important components of a data management plan are addressed and a checklist for researchers in the early stages of constructing a data management plan is provided. The chapter concludes by providing references to useful data management tools and resources.
(2013) Kennan, Mary Anne; Thompson, Kim M; Williamson, Kirsty; Johanson, GraemeBook ChapterThis chapter begins by reinforcing the integral role of writing and dissemination in the research process, while acknowledging that writing and dissemination practices vary from discipline to discipline, field to field. Despite these differences, there are characteristics and processes that most research writing and dissemination have in common, and these are discussed here. From the general structure of a research report to the importance of writing throughout the research process, key aspects of research writing are addressed after which dissemination and publishing are defined and major and emerging forms of publication are described. The chapter concludes with a discussion of peer review and the ethics of authorship.
(2007) Abrahall, Rebecca; Cecez-Kecmanovic, Dubravka; Kautz, Karlheinz; Magyar, Gabor; Knapp, G.; Wojtkowski, W.; Wojtkowski, W.; Zupančič, J.Book ChapterThis paper presents an interpretive case study of a strategic information system development (ISD) project in an insurance Company whose outcomes were perceived as both a success and a failure. By following actors – both human and non-human – involved in the strategic ISD project and the processes of inscribing and aligning interests within their actor-networks, the paper aims to unpack and provide a rich description of the contra-dictory nature of the socio-technical in such a project and the making of its success and failure. Guided by Actor Network Theory (ANT) the description traces the emergence of heterogeneous actor-networks and reveals how and why some interests did translate while others didn’t into the IS designs, thereby producing the perceptions of success or failure.