Praktikanz as a Target Dimension in Applied Research
Keywords:applied research, technology acceptance model, participation-oriented research, company innovation, learning and knowledge system, implementation, theory of practice, performance failure, Praktikanz
Applied research is confronted with a twofold challenge: the necessity to develop innovative procedures, applications, and products, and the need to implement these in practice. In this context, research on the acceptance of technology and participation-oriented approaches primarily concentrate on the user's acceptance of the usability of the system and on the openness of the organizational framework towards innovations. In reference to a project, in which we developed digital learning and digital knowledge systems, we suggest a complementary target dimension, the Praktikanz ["making something practicable"] of such systems. This entails taking into account the compatibility of innovations and established routines and practices in the respective field of application. Doing that, we plead for a stronger focus on the practicability of innovations in applied sciences and for considering that as the arena where the feasibility of innovative procedures, applications, and products needs to be proven.
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