I'm developing a generic software for the unorganised retail sector. The design is completely based on the literature review that has been conducted. The only problem is that since I'm not doing any interviews or surveys, what research methodology should I follow ? It can't be qualitative or quantitative. The end result is just the developed software. The aim is to study why the unorganised retail is behind than the organised one. And the solution is to present a software for them to use to help in decision making. It's completely based on literature and no surveys or interviews were conducted.

  • Probably lacking context. Why do you need a research methodology for developing software? That being said, there's the design science methodology, which might be relevant for your purpose – lighthouse keeper Jan 13 at 10:15
  • Sounds like a good question for your instructor, alongside with "should I maybe do some interviews or surveys?". – Dirk Jan 13 at 10:17
  • @lighthouse keeper I'm doing this as a part of my dissertation. And I need to follow a specific methodology to design the software based on the literature review as I can't test the software in real time. – AmeyaG Jan 13 at 10:17
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    You need to ask your dissertation advisor this question. – scaaahu Jan 13 at 10:19
  • OK, that should probably be edited into in the question then. I gave you a pointer to a methodology above. – lighthouse keeper Jan 13 at 10:24

Writing software isn't research. Proving that a piece of software, written by yourself or others, can be research. How are you going to show that your software does what it set out to do? How are you going to show that it is better than the alternatives? For those questions you need methodology. Questionnaires? Observations? Objective measurements? Something.

But the software itself is just a tool. Showing it is valuable is the research part.

And, of course, if it is real research then you need to be prepared for the situation that you get evidence that the new tool isn't actually better. Research is a search for truth, not proof of a predefined statement.

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