Rethinking experiments in a socio-technical perspective: the case of software engineering

Viola Schiaffonati, Mario Verdicchio

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Experiments in computing share many characteristics with the traditional experimental method, but also present significant differences from a practical perspective, due to their aim at producing software artifacts and the central role played by human actors and organizations (e.g., programmers, project teams, software houses) involved in the software development process. By analyzing some of the most significant experiments in the subfield of software engineering, we aim at showing how the conceptual framework that supports experimental methodology in this context needs an extension in a socio-technical perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-101
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Experimental
  • Empirical
  • Socio-technical Systems
  • software engineering


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