scientific approach is incapable of doing this on its own. The adoption of complementary perspectives is essential.
Another point, very closely related to this, centres on the question of such research in Third world countries. Perhaps one needs to look at what is being exported from the 'developed' world in research? How suitable are these exported models, theories, concepts and methods derived from Western industrial experiences, when applied to completely different conditions. 'Indigenous research methodology' may be required.
Investigating and recognising the diverse needs, capabilities and expectations of culturally distinct users may hasten the process of 'glocalisation'. This would happen when the global market adapts to the local conditions while employing them to gain competitive advantage. The top down process of globalisation would then work with the bottoms up process of localisation. Glocalisation would then certainly be the tsunami of the future. ...And then users and their interfaces lived happily ever after...
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