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Research method

This section presents the research methodology that will be used in the work.

Scientific method

The way of investigating a research problem is systematic, which involves a set of methods to produce the results. Thus, the quality of the work can be judged through reliability and validity criteria. Research methods that will be used for data collection are literature review and interviews. The first part of the work involves definition of relevant aspects to describe efficiency for EMMs and enterprise models (research question 1). This task will be performed basing on of literature review. This working step is supposed to provide an understanding about concepts that should be taken into consideration when defining efficiency for EMMs and enterprise models. This step will be described in the section 4.1.The second part of the work is translation and integration of identified aspects into a framework for EMMs and enterprise models efficiency evaluation (research question 2). This step includes detailed elaboration and description of identified aspects, creates the associations them and then definition of efficiency indicators for EMMs and enterprise models. This step will be described in the section 4.2. The third part of the work is the validation of results that will be obtained in the previous work steps. This part of the work will be done with the help of interviews. The final result of the work is checklists of efficiency indicators for EMMs and enterprise models.

Participants

The selection of informants plays very important role in the empirical investigation, since opinions of the informants will be used for results validation. The informants that were selected for this research have practical experience in the area of EM, but their roles and duties are different. One informant has been selected to give management viewpoint on EM, whereas two others have been selected to provide the viewpoint of experienced EM participant. The selected interviewees are listed below.Per Högberg (managing director at Skye AB) Eva Holmquist (management consultant at Systeam AB) Magnus Hellgren (managing director of Center of Information Logistic) Now onward they will be called as Participant 1, Participant 2 and Participant 3 respectively.

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Data collection

There are different structures of interviews that can be used for data collection. For the present research semi structured interviews are chosen, since it results in collection of bigger amount of data comparably to the other types of interviews. Also it allows researcher to control the direction of the interview, but at the same time, it allows informants to describe their opinions and ideas (Lundqvist,2007). The interviews will be performed via phone. Interview questions:
1.1. What processes (EMMs application) do you perform during EM? / What processes do you consider as EMMs application areas?
1.2. What is the order of these processes?
1.3. What resources do you allocate for each application area of EMM?
1.4. What results do you get within each application area of EMM?
1.5. When do you want to analyze your work and evaluate the achievement of results, what resources do you consider as more important than the others?
2.1. What processes (enterprise models application) do you perform during EM? / What processes do you consider as application areas for enterprise models?
2.2. What is the order of these processes?
2.3. What resources do you allocate for each application area of enterprise models?
2.4. What results do you get within each application area of enterprise models?
2.5. When do you want to analyze your work and evaluate the achievement of results, what resources do you consider as more important than the others?

1 Introduction 
1.1 Problem description
1.2 Purpose 
1.3 Research focus
1.4 Scope and Limitations 
1.5 Time plan 
1.6 Working path
2 Research method
2.1 Scientific method
2.2 Participants
2.3 Data collection
3 Theoretical background
3.1 Enterprise modeling
3.1.1 Enterprise Modeling Method
3.1.2 Enterprise models
3.2 Evaluation of models and methods
3.2.1 Characteristics of EMM
3.2.2 Characteristics of enterprise models
3.3 Efficiency
3.3.1 Efficiency of methods
3.3.2 Efficiency of models
3.4 Summary of the chapter
4 Preliminary results 
4.1 Application areas for EMMs and enterprise models
4.1.1 Application areas for EMMs, related resources and results
4.1.2 Application areas for enterprise models, related resources and results
4.2 Efficiency indicators
4.2.1 General efficiency indicators
4.2.2 Efficiency indicators for EMMs
4.2.3 Efficiency indicators for enterprise models
4.3 Preliminary results: efficiency indicators for application areas of EMMs and enterprise models 
5 Validation of the preliminary results
5.1 Application areas, required resources, expected results and efficiency indicators
5.2 Interviews resulting tables 
5.3 Final results
6 Conclusion and discussions
7 References 

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