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Towards a methodology for research on trust

Hodgson, Paul and Cofta, Piotr (2009) Towards a methodology for research on trust. In: Proceedings of the WebSci'09: Society On-Line, 18-20 March 2009, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

It is clear that many human concepts (such as love, justice, equity, status, power etc) are not amenable to a universal objective computational definition that can be used as a yardstick for measurement. For well over one hundred years methodological debate has persisted over the best way to study the social world. The two main positions are a quantitative approach (positivism) , and a qualitative approach (constructivism and interpretivism) rooted in an idealist, hermeneutic and essentially relativist and postmodern view on the world. We propose a methodology applicable to trust that combines both approaches and elaborate on such a methodology with reference to a trust application area. A synthesis of positivist and interpretivist methodology is outlined that shows how conflicting responses to factual questions and data can reveal previously hidden value systems and elucidate notions of trust.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Trust, Methodology, Mixed-method research, Norms, Values
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2009
ID Code:164
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:24 Jan 2009 08:45
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:37

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