I’ve had some success in grant proposals with research designs for human-centered software engineering that follow the following (common) pattern. It is a three-step of
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- Structured literature review (to create an initial theory),
- Action research (to build out the quickly evolving theory), and
- Case study research (to conclude by evaluating the theory)
Translated from the (German) instructions on the final step of submitting a project plan for funding:
Please specify exactly how many and which publications you will publish over the next three years.
Christmas is coming up, so what’s a professor got to do? Hide from the family and work on grant proposals, naturally. Right now I’m upset about the misunderstanding of the role that literature reviews play in grant proposals (by way of reviewer comments).
Reviewing literature is just a general activity, but one that can serve many purposes. Depending on the purpose, different review techniques are more or less suited to help achieve that purpose. I’ll focus on the two main purposes, related work and theory building.
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