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Marchewka, Jack T.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Operations Management and Information Systems


This study examines the current use of quantitative and qualitative research methods for Information Systems research. These research methods may have a tendency to limit the evolution of the Information Systems field; it is thus important to consider a new framework for gathering Information Systems research. The new paradigm proposed is a combination of the science of the natural and the science of artificial. The science of the natural focuses on the characteristics and properties objects have in the real world and how they behave and interact with each other. The science of the artificial is related closely to the science of engineering and design and focuses on how objects ought to be in order to attain goals and to function. By combining the sciences of the natural and the artificial, a researcher can more fully understand the system problem and discuss alternative solutions. This project utilizes both research paradigms for developing an effective Website for students. A survey is used to represent the quantitative side of the natural sciences and action research, representing the science of the artificial, is used to analyze what students' value in a Website.


Includes bibliographical references.


18 pages




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