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dc.contributor.advisor Wedemeyer, Dan J en_US
dc.contributor.author Winter, Jenifer Sunrise en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-06T19:18:16Z en_US
dc.date.available 2009-03-06T19:18:16Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2003-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/6847 en_US
dc.description xiv, 391 leaves en_US
dc.description.abstract Ubiquitous Networked Computing (UNC) is an emerging environment encompassing future developments in the areas of Pervasive Computing, Mobile Computing, and Ubiquitous Computing (e.g., Weiser, 1991). This research sought to enhance policy decision making by identifYing and assessing emerging problems related to UNC in Hawaiʻi over a twenty-year time frame. This study also investigated differences in problem assessment between information technology specialists and non-specialists. A six-phase methodological process employing scenario planning, electronic focus groups, and problem assessment surveys was developed to investigate perceptions about emerging problems. Specialists and non-specialists generated eighty unique problem statements and additional members from each group assessed the relative importance of these statements. Specialists further assessed a subset of 24 statements according to four problem criteria adapted from previous research by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (1977). Non-specialists participating in the electronic focus groups expressed distinct and different concerns from the specialists. Further, both groups found the statements generated by non-specialists to be valuable contributions, arguing for their inclusion in the process of problem identification. By the Mann-Whitney U test (p<.05), significant differences in assessment between groups were identified in 41 of 80 problem statements. Analysis of between-group differences suggests that specialists share a frame of reference focused on addressing near-term obstacles to the growth of high-technology industries within Hawaiʻi. Non-specialists expressed greater concern for longer-term human-centered issues, particularly those related to control of the process of technological development. This research contributes a framework that extends current knowledge of potential emerging problems related to UNC. The methodological process can be applied in other content areas or regions. Ranked lists of problem criticality assessments by each group and by individual problem criteria were created. Analysis yielded three policy indices intended to assist decision-makers direct limited resources toward problems that may yield the most substantial long-term return-on-investment. Further, this research contributes to an understanding of the opinions of diverse stakeholders and how identifying differences between them may be an effective means of recognizing emerging problems. Examination of these differences can initiate future-oriented social negotiation involving multiple perspectives, leading to a more human-centered implementation of technology. en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Communication and Information Sciences; no. 4329 en_US
dc.rights All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.rights.uri https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/1136 en_US
dc.title Early identification and evaluation of slowly emerging problems related to the ubiquitous networked computing & communications environment in the state of Hawaii en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
dc.contributor.department Communication & Information Science en_US
dc.date.graduated 2003-05 en_US
local.identifier.callnumber AC1 .H3 no. 4329 en_US
local.thesis.degreelevel PhD en_US

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