Winter Semester 19/20

IS Research Fundamentals (MSc)

Lecture

IS Research Fundamentals (MSc)

Lecturer:
  • Prof. Dr. Frederik Ahlemann
  • Anna Yuliarti Khodijah, M.Sc.
  • Ruben Franz, M.Sc.
Contact:
Term:
Winter Semester 2019/2020
Cycle:
Wintersemester
Time:
Di. 10:15-11:45
Room:
R09 R04 H02
Start:
15.10.2019
End:
28.01.2020
Language:
English
Moodle:
Lecture in Moodle
LSF:
Lecture in LSF
Participants:

Description:

This lecture is structured in a blended learning format including two components – self-study using pre-recorded video lecture materials and classroom discussions. Based on the selected readings, the course will highlight a selection of theories used in IS research. Students will learn how the studies build up (or build their own) theories, how to use these appropriately, as well as how to contribute to them. Students have to prepare for discussion sessions by reading and summarizing selected seminal papers which provide deeper insights into methods and theories of IS research or exemplars thereof. Moreover, optional readings are provided for each session to facilitate students’ learning experience and to help deepen and extend the topics discussed in class

Learning Targets:

Students

  • are able to understand the relevance of methods and theories in meaningful research
  • have knowledge of the most common methods and theories used in IS research
  • understand of the core phenomena in IS
  • are able to prepare and execute own research project (e.g., master thesis)
  • have a fundamental understanding of the basic quality criteria for scientific research

Outline:

  • The What, How and Why: Scientific Thinking, Research Process, Philosophy of Science
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing: Paper structures, Publishing Process, Reviews (Exam)
  • Research Design I - Topics: Domains of IS, Fundamentals, Basic Research Design
  • Research Design II - Theories: Definition and Concepts, Building on Theory, Contributing to Theory
  • Research Design III - Methods: Research Design revisited, Data Collection, Data Analysis

Literature:

  • Bacharach, S.B. 1989. "Organizational Theories: Some Criteria for Evaluation," Academy of Management Review (14:4), pp. 496-515.
  • Banker, R.D., and Kauffman, R.J. 2004. "The Evolution of Research on Information Systems: A Fiftieth-Year Survey of the Literature in Management Science," Management Science (50:3), pp. 281-298.
  • Bhattacherjee, A. 2012. Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices, (2. ed.). Tampa, FL, USA: Global Text Project.
  • Carpenter, M.A. 2009. "Editor's Comments: Mentoring Colleagues in the Craft and Spirit of Peer Review," Academy of Management Review (34:2), pp. 191-195.
  • Fettke, P. 2006. "State-of-the-Art Des State-of-the-Art: Eine Untersuchung der Forschungsmethode „Review“ Innerhalb der Wirtschaftsinformatik," Wirtschaftsinformatik (48:4), pp. 257-266.
  • Gregor, S. 2006. "The Nature of Theory in Information Systems," MIS Quarterly (30:3), pp. 611-642.
  • Kitchenham, B. 2004. "Procedures for Performing Systematic Reviews," Keele University, Department of Computer Science, Keele, UK.
  • Lepak, D. 2009. "Editor's Comments: What IS Good Reviewing?," Academy of Management Review (34:3), pp. 375-381.
  • Mingers, J. 2001. "Combining IS Research Methods: Towards a Pluralist Methodology," Information Systems Research (12:3), pp. 240-259.
  • Orlikowski, W.J., and Baroudi, J.J. 1991. "Studying Information Technology in Organizations: Research Approaches and Assumptions," Information Systems Research (2:1), pp. 1-28.
  • Palvia, P., Leary, D., Mao, E., Midha, V., Pinjani, P., and Salam, A.F. 2004. "Research Methodologies in MIS: An Update," Communications of the Association for Information Systems (14:24), pp. 526-542.
  • Straub, D.W. 2009. "Why Top Journals Accept Your Paper," MIS Quarterly (33:3), pp. iii-x.
  • Sutton, R.I., and Staw, B.M. 1995. "What Theory Is Not," Administrative Science Quarterly (40:3), pp. 371-384.
  • Truex, D., Holmström, J., and Keil, M. 2006. "Theorizing in Information Systems Research: A Reflexive Analysis of the Adaptation of Theory in Information Systems Research," in: Journal of the Association for Information Systems. Association for Information Systems, pp. 797-821.
  • Webster, J., and Watson, R.T. 2002. "Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review," MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. xiii-xxiii.
  • Wilde, T., and Hess, T. 2007. "Forschungsmethoden der Wirtschaftsinformatik - Eine Empirische Untersuchung," Wirtschaftsinformatik (49:4), pp. 280-287

Methods of Assessment:

Final written examination covering the learning objectives of the lecture (duration 90 minutes).

Formalities:

Based on the selected readings, the course will also highlight a selection of theories used in IS research. Students will learn how the studies build up (or build their own) theories, how to use these appropriately, as well as how to contribute to them. Students have to prepare for sessions by reading and summarizing selected seminal papers which provide deeper insights into methods and theories of IS research or exemplars thereof. Moreover, optional readings are provided for each session to facilitate students’ learning experience and to help deepen and extend the topics discussed in class.