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An Exploratory Survey of Design Science Research among South African Computing Scholars

2012

  • Authors:
    Rennie Naidoo , Aurona Gerber , Alta van der Merwe

    Publication date:
    2012

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    Output type:
    Conference proceedings

    Abstract:

    The debate ensues as to whether the traditional focus of
    computing research on theory development and verification and
    therefore has adequate immediate practical relevance. Despite
    increasing claims of the potential of design science research
    (DSR) to enhance the utility of the IT artifact and consequently
    practical relevance of research, many computing researchers seem
    to be reticent to accept this paradigm as a legitimate form of
    scholarly research. DSR is a relatively new paradigm in
    computing and little is known about its uptake in South Africa. In
    this paper, we investigate the opinions about DSR among South
    African computing scholars. Findings from a survey of 53
    respondents indicate low adoption rates. The paper also
    investigates some of the key barriers preventing the uptake of
    DSR. The paper concludes with some implications as well as
    suggestions for building a local DSR community.

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