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Appraisal of the Theoretical, Contextual and Methodological Elements of Operation Research Society for East Africa (ORSEA) Journal Articles (2011-2017)
Social Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 6, December 2020, Pages: 212-216
Received: Aug. 12, 2020; Accepted: Aug. 31, 2020; Published: Nov. 4, 2020
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Sumaya Kagoya, Department of Applied Computing and IT, Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda
Dev Jani, Department of Marketing, Business School, University of Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Tanzania
Tinali Gerald Paga, Department of General Management, Business School, University of Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Tanzania
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Indubitably, for operational research journals articles are meant to entail content to do with Operations research models, theories and fields. This provides organisations and companies with best optimization solutions so as to achieve a competitive age among other benefits. This article aimed appraising the content of the ORSEA Journal articles (2011-2017) to deduce the theoretical, philosophical, methodological, and contextual aspects used in operations research. Using a matrix designed specifically for the study, content analysis was applied and utilised in analysing fifty (50) articles. 21 used theories, 14 developed and used models that emanated from theoretical frameworks and 15 articles which had neither theories nor models. 38 articles used quantitative methods, 6 qualitative approach and 6 mixed methods. Findings revealed that the theoretical contributions of the articles in the context of OR in East Africa are questionable; implying that most of the theories derived in other context can be totally adopted in East Africa which is far from the truth. In addition to the above, the over reliance on positivism and deductive approaches dominant in the ORSEA Journal articles can be complimented with more Interpretivism and inductive approaches that might generate mid-range contextual theories and models.
Theoretical, Contextual, Methodological Elements, Operations Research (OR), ORSEA
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Sumaya Kagoya, Dev Jani, Tinali Gerald Paga, Appraisal of the Theoretical, Contextual and Methodological Elements of Operation Research Society for East Africa (ORSEA) Journal Articles (2011-2017), Social Sciences. Vol. 9, No. 6, 2020, pp. 212-216. doi: 10.11648/
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