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Journal Issue
Volume 4 Issue 1 / Nov 2006  pp1‑66

Editor: Arthur Money

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Can Methodological Applications Develop Critical Thinking?  pp1‑10

Deborah Blackman, Angela Benson

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Getting the most from NUD*ISTNVivo  pp11‑22

Alison Dean, John Sharp

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Applying Multidimensional Item Response Theory Analysis to a Measure of Meta‑Perspective Performance  pp23‑30

K. Michele Kacmar, William L. Farmer, Suzanne Zivnuska, L. A. Witt

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Proposals for Designing and Controlling a Doctoral Research Project in Management Sciences  pp31‑38

Jacques Lauriol

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Validation of Simulation Based Models: A Theoretical Outlook  pp39‑46

Morvin Savio Martis

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Motivators for Australian Consumers to Search and Shop Online  pp47‑56

Ian Michael

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A Case Study on the Selection and Evaluation of Software for an Internet Organisation  pp57‑66

Pieter van Staaden, Sam Lubbe

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Abstract

The authors conducted research to determine whether IT‑managers, IT auditors, users, management, etc. (all decision‑makers) use a certain evaluation and selection process to acquire software to meet business objectives and the requirement of users. An argument was used that the more thorough the software evaluation and selection process, the more likely it would be that the organisation will choose software that meets these targets. The main objective of the research was therefore to determine whether Media24 uses evaluation methods and obtain the desired results. Media24 is Africa's biggest publishing group and offers entertainment, information and education 24 hours a day and served as a good example of an Internet Service organisation that made their employees available for this research project. The results confirmed that Media24 uses suggested protocol as noted in the theory for software acquisition correctly during most stages. 

 

Keywords: Black Box testing, business process, commercial software system, document, evaluation, request for proposal, RFP, requirements, selection, software, vendors

 

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