Abstract: This study developed a framework for qualitative inquiry and administration of social systems. It describes the mechanisms that decision‑makers, such as the police detectives, military commanders, and transformative managers use in their problem solving initiatives. First, the framework was reviewed and constructed for: (1) the theory of qualitative data analysis; (2) problem solving process; and (3) the correlation matrices. Then, based on 14 Points, an extracted framework and its methodology are presented. Finally, a manifest (praxis) is introduced for the framework developed for a project in development planning. This innovative framework can be used for policy‑making, qualitative data analysis, or problem solving and administration of social systems.
Keywords: Keywords: data classification and analysis, framework analysis, land-use planning, problem solving, qualitative data analysis, qualitative methods
Abstract: This paper discusses the importance of conceptualisation in quantitative research. It explains in simple terms what conceptualisation entails, and indicates where and how the researcher should apply the techniques of conceptualisation. The paper has been prompted by the recurring challenges higher degree students and early career researchers face in enabling the readers of their research reports (dissertations or theses) to gain a common understanding of what they have written about. Problems with this have caused some dissertations or theses to be rejected for reporting on something other than what the candidate purports to have studied. In this paper, conceptualisation is examined as a multi‑dimensional concept, starting with the process of forming concepts that describe the identified research problem, and proceeding to the derivation of agreed‑on meanings of concepts, as well as the operationalisation of study variables, in order to avoid ambiguity and misinterpretation in a researchers w ork. In the paper, the author attempts to explain in some detail how misconceptionalisation can lead the researcher to err when conducting research, and the implications of this at each stage of the quantitative research process. In short, the paper demon strates that a solid quantitative study cannot be conducted without appropriate conceptualisation. The paper may thus be used as a guide in planning and conducting quantitative studies by higher degree students and early career researchers.
Keywords: Keywords: Concept, conceptualisation, research, variables, operationalisation, dissertations
Using Phenomenological Constructivism (PC) to Discuss a Mixed Method Approach in Information Systems Research pp39‑49
Abstract: This paper used phenomenological constructivism to demonstrate and evaluate a mixed method approach for conducting information systems research. It evaluated the implementation and implications of mixed methods approach as an exploratory and in ductive research method. A case study which made use of in‑ depth interviews was used to provide the dominant qualitative (QUAL) method. Following this, a questionnaire survey was used to provide the results for the less dominant method which is the q uantitative (QUAN) data. The mixed method approach was adopted to enhance the completeness and accuracy of the interpretation of the study. It provided a number of recommendations for the use of mixed methods approach for IS projects.
Abstract: Academic standards are being assaulted by cyber criminals who have been introducing fake academic journals, which can look to the uninitiated to be publications that comply with the established standards of the academic community. This new form of cybercrime, predatory and counterfeit journals, has impacted the academic publishing landscape and has resulted in some unsuspecting academics being defrauded and having an indelible black mark on their publishing record. It is critical that the all me mbers of academic community be made aware of these new phenomena in order to avoid being associated with them. It is also critical that universities monitor these developments and keep their staff fully informed of the developments in such criminal activi ties.
Keywords: Keywords: Academic standards, counterfeit journals, predatory journals, fake journals, hijacked journals, academic fraud, cybercrime, gullible academics, paywall, Directory of Open Access, Bealls list, academic publishing, vanity publishing
A Reflection on Intercept Survey Use in Thailand: Some Cultural Considerations for Transnational Studies pp60‑70
Abstract: How people respond to research surveys has been of long standing interest to investigators. In this paper, we reflect on our experiences in using the intercept survey as part of a study that examined m‑payment in Thailand. The paper does not rep ort the findings of the original m‑payment study, but highlights how the cultural features of the target population were an important consideration at the survey translation, pilot testing and data collection stages. We propose that cultural features such as face‑to‑face interaction, the intrinsic notion of politeness (Kreng Jai) and conveying respect to potential participants (giving the Wai) as significant elements in achieving a relatively high participation rate. Survey translation occurred via mo derated discussions where the cultural dimensions of collectivism and personal status (relevant in high PDI societies) were observed to influence group dynamics. In the field, the intercept survey promoted direct engagement with people (preferred among st collectivism cultures), with respondents observed to be highly considerate of investigator needs and thus more likely to participate in the study.The papers contribution is one of highlighting the importance of considering national culture in the ini tial survey translation stage and later when collecting data in the field. Although a reflective piece, we believe that the findings have the potential to inform and assist researchers to improve the quality of their survey instruments and data responses in similar cultural settings.
Keywords: Keywords: Culture, intercept survey, Hofstede, Thailand, data collection, methodology, Kreng Jai, The Wai