How to Conduct Research
Dr. Alexander Norta
Tallinn University of Technology, ESTONIA
Date: June 9, 2014
The keynote is a condensed introduction to a larger lecture set that equips a PhD candidate with the toolkit required for successfully setting up a high quality research process. Three blocks comprise this keynote in an integrative way. First, we address the formulation of good research question using the so-called trivium and quadrivium framework that has its roots in Arestotelian- and Socratic methods. The word trivium means in Latin "the three ways" of grammar, logic, rhetoric and forms the foundation of a classic humanistic education. The quadrivium is instrumental for systematically exploring a logical space of investigation. The second part of the presentation gives an overview of research methods that are suitable for conducting research into socio-technical systems. The latter refers to the interaction between society's complex technological infrastructures and human behaviour. As examples for suitable research methods, we show the connection between the action research-, design science- and action design research methods. The third part of the keynote presentation culminates in showing how to prototype the outline of a research paper on the one hand, and of a PhD manuscript on the other hand with the application of a mindmapping technique. The latter utilizes the earlier two blocks as input for the outline prototyping.
Dr. Alex Norta is currently a research member at the Faculty of Informatics/TUT, lecturer at TLU and was earlier a researcher at the Oulu University Secure-Programming Group (OUSPG) after having been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his MSc degree (2001) from the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria and his PhD degree (2007) from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His PhD thesis was partly financed by the IST project CrossWork, in which he focused on developing the eSourcing concept for dynamic inter-organizational business process collaboration. His research interests include business-process collaboration, workflow management, e-business transactions, service-oriented computing, software architectures and software engineering, ontologies, mashups, social web. At the IEEE EDOC'12-conference, Alex won the best-paper award for his full research paper with the title "Inter-enterprise business transaction management in open service ecosystems".