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Theory, practice and policy: an inquiry into the uptake of HCI practices in the software industry of a developing country

Ogunyemi, Abiodun Afolayan, Lamas, David, Adagunodo, Emmanuel Rotimi, Loizides, Fernando and Da Rosa, Isaias Barreto 2016. Theory, practice and policy: an inquiry into the uptake of HCI practices in the software industry of a developing country. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 32 (9) , pp. 665-681. 10.1080/10447318.2016.1186306

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With almost four decades of existence as a community, human–computer interaction (HCI) practice has yet to diffuse into a large range of software industries globally. A review of existing literature suggests that the diffusion of HCI practices in software organizations lacks theoretical guidance. Although many studies have tried to facilitate HCI uptake by the software industry, there are scarce studies that consider HCI practices as innovations that software organizations could or should adopt. Furthermore, there appears to be a lack of structure in the facilitation of HCI methodological development within the specialized emerging regions field such as Sub-Saharan Africa. In order to address this gap, an exploratory investigation regarding the state of uptake of HCI practices in Nigeria is conducted. The aim of this article is to improve our understanding regarding the state of HCI uptake in developing countries and the challenges prevailing. The findings show that HCI practice still remains within its infancy stage in most software companies. Universities are also lacking the required knowledge transfer of HCI to the students, and in effect themselves contributing to the lack of HCI skills in industry. Furthermore, government policies are in need of refinement and end-users’ involvement in software development is not prioritized.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1044-7318
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 08:57

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