The purpose of this assignment is to critique the research methodology of a research thesis or journal article or conference paper in order to develop awareness of best practice research in your discipline.
Your critique of the research strategy must answer the following questions. You must
support your answers with evidence from the thesis/article/paper and relevant literature.
Problem: What is the research problem addressed by the paper?
Theories: What theory/theories have been used in the research project?
How have theory/theories been used e.g. theory testing, development?
Methodology: Has the researcher clearly explained and justified the chosen
Methodology? What research methods has the researcher adopted to conduct the research project?
Do you think that the researcher has developed a rigorous research design ? If so, discuss why. If not, discuss why not.
Do you think that the research is relevant to other researchers and/or
practitioners e.g. IS/SE professionals? How so?
Contribution: What is the contribution of the study to knowledge (e.g. to theory or
Quality: Has research quality been discussed? Explain.
Is quality of the study/IT artifact assessed? Explain.
Ethics: Are any ethical issues raised in the research strategy? What are they?
How are they resolved?