Investigating the importance of open data and visualizations tools to SMES

Order type: ThesisSubject: IT ManagementAcademic level: PhDStyle: Harvard
the research is aimed to investigate benefits and requirements of using open data and visualizations tools to SMEs (in UK) by use of activity theory , the qualitative primary data is to be gathered by semi structure interviews with SME owners, and to be analysed manually (without software) a brief overview of thesis is as follow: for this part of work I need complete chapter 1,2,3,4 (introduction, lit review, methodology, and method ) and parts of chapter 5 Chapter 1: Introduction 1.1: Open data and SMEs as a research topic: Motivation of research 1.2: Research question, aim, and objectives and contribution to knowledge Primary RQ: What is the importance and benefit of using open data for SMEs? Secondary RQ1: what are benefits and requirements of using open data in combination with visualization tools for SMEs? Secondary RQ2: what are barriers toward using open data? 1.3 overview of thesis Chapter 2: Literature Review: 2.1 Data definition Discussion on types of data (open/ closed data) Open data definition Importance of data to organizations (data Information Knowledge) Benefits of using open data Barriers of using open data 2.2 Discussion on benefits of using visualizations tools on big data / open data 2.3 SME definition, discussion on importance of SMEs, Discussion on use of open data by SMEs 2.4 Introducing Activity Theory Advantages of using Activity theory for describing an organizational activity Limitations of using Activity theory Discussion on how AT will be used in this research as an analytical tool to find out social and technological requirements and barriers of using open data Chapter 3: Research Methodology/ Philosophy Interpretivist Qualitative research methods Semi Structure interviews Chapter 4: Research Method 5.1: Interview design based on AT 5.2: Finding Companies (SMEs) using open data 5.3: Gathering data from interviews 5.4: Analyzing qualitative data having AT in mind Chapter 5: Discussion Chapter 5.1: Discussion on requirements and benefits of using open data based on AT by use of analyzed data 5.2: Discussion on barriers of using open data based on AT Chapter 6: Conclusion Chapter 6.1: Research finding 6.2: Recommendations 6.3: Contribution to knowledge: Adding to literature on benefits of open data to business specially SMEs Adding to literature on effectiveness of visualization tools as a way to convert data Doing a requirement analysis on using open data Adding to the literature on using AT as an analytical tools in context of SMEs