Methodological Issues in the Evaluation of System Analysis and Design Techniques

Methodological Issues in the Evaluation of System Analysis and Design Techniques

Andrew Gemino (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-339-5.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter examines methodological issues arising in the comparison of systems analysis and design techniques. An argument is made to establish a foundation of research and more broadly consider the management of scope in analysis and design research. A discussion of why and how we evaluate techniques is provided. A generalized approach combining both deductive and inductive reasoning is presented and a combined grammar-based and cognitive-based approach to comparison is discussed. In addition, concepts from Friedman’s economic methodology are applied in the choice between alternative ontologies that underlie grammar-based comparisons. The chapter concludes with a set of nine questions that researchers should consider when designing and developing research in the evaluation of systems analysis and design techniques.

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