Academic Writing and Reviewing

Name in diploma supplementAcademic Writing and Reviewing
Organisational Unit Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Strategisches IT-Management (http://www.sitm.wiwi.uni-due.de)
LecturersProf. Dr. Frederik Ahlemann
Cyclewinter semesterParticipants at most20

Preliminary knowledge

There are no prerequisites for attending this course. 


In this course students will further develop their scientific skills. Based on the lecture “IS Research Fundamentals,” students will discuss seminal IS papers, write reviews on given scientific papers, and finally draft their own scientific manuscripts. The course is structured two-fold into the parts “reading” and “writing and reviewing”. During the first part, students have to read research papers each week by reading them and by answering guiding questions. The submitted answers to these guiding questions serve as intermediate examinations. In the second part, students are asked to prepare a scientific manuscript gradually over time. The current progress of selected students’ paper are discussed and reviewed by the students during each class. The submitted manuscripts and reviews serve as intermediate examinations.


  • Literature Review: Introduction, Reading-Based Discussion
  • Case Study: Introduction, Reading-Based Discussion
  • Survey: Introduction, Reading-Based Discussion
  • Writing reviews of scientific papers
  • Developing scientific papers


  • Bhattacherjee, A. 2012. Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices, (2. ed.). Tampa, FL, USA: Global Text Project.
  • Boudreau, M.-C., Gefen, D., and Straub, D.W. 2001. "Validation in Information Systems Research: A State-of-the-Art Assessment," MIS Quarterly (25:1), pp. 1-16.
  • Dubé, L., and Paré, G. 2003. "Rigor in Information Systems Positivist Case Research: Current Practices, Trends, and Recommendations," MIS Quarterly (27:4), pp. 597-635.
  • Eisenhardt, K.M. 1989. "Building Theories from Case Study Research," Academy of Management Review (14:4), pp. 532-550.
  • Gibbert, M., Ruigrok, W., and Wicki, B. 2008. "What Passes as a Rigorous Case Study?," Strategic Management Journal (29:13), pp. 1465-1474.
  • Gregor, S. 2006. "The Nature of Theory in Information Systems," MIS Quarterly (30:3), pp. 611-642.
  • Hsieh, J.J.P.-A., Rai, A., and Keil, M. 2008. "Understanding Digital Inequality: Comparing Continued Use Behavioral Models of the Socio-Economically Advantaged and Disadvantaged," MIS Quarterly (32:1), pp. 97-126.
  • Klein, H.K., and Myers, M.D. 1999. "A Set of Principles for Conducting and Evaluating Interpretive Field Studies in Information Systems," MIS Quarterly (23:1), pp. 67-93.
  • Lapointe, L., and Rivard, S. 2007. "A Triple Take on Information System Implementation," Organization Science (18:1), pp. 89-107.
  • Lee, G., and Xia, W. 2010. "Toward Agile: An Integrated Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Field Data on Software Development Agility," MIS Quarterly (34:1), pp. 87-114.
  • Leidner, D.E., and Kayworth, T. 2006. "Review: A Review of Culture in Information Systems Research: Toward a Theory of Information Technology Culture Conflict," MIS Quarterly (30:2), pp. 357-399.
  • Levina, N., and Vaast, E. 2008. "Innovating or Doing as Told? Status Differences and Overlapping Boundaries in Offshore Collaboration," MIS Quarterly (32:2), pp. 307-332.
  • Piccoli, G., and Ives, B. 2005. "IT-Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature," MIS Quarterly (29:4), pp. 747-776.
  • Pinsonneault, A., and Kraemer, K.L. 1993. "Survey Research Methodology in Management Information Systems: An Assessment," Journal of Management Information Systems (10:2), pp. 75-105.
  • Straub, D., Boudreau, M.-C., and Gefen, D. 2004. "Validation Guidelines for IS Positivist Research," Communications of the Association for Information Systems (13:24), pp. 380-427.
  • Urbach, N., Smolnik, S., and Riempp, G. 2009. "The State of Research on Information Systems Success," Business & Information Systems Engineering (1:4), pp. 315-325.
  • Wagner, E.L., Newell, S., and Piccoli, G. 2010. "Understanding Project Survival in an Es Environment: A Sociomaterial Practice Perspective," Journal of the Association for Information Systems (11:5), pp. 276-297.
  • Wallace, L., Keil, M., and Rai, A. 2004. "How Software Project Risk Affects Project Performance: An Investigation of the Dimensions of Risk and an Exploratory Model," Decision Sciences (35:2), pp. 289-321.

Teaching concept

Students have to prepare for sessions by reading and summarizing selected seminal papers that provide deeper insights into methods and theories of IS research or exemplars thereof. At the end of the course, students will write their own reviews and papers based on the methods discussed in the module.


  • AI-SE Master 2010>Bereich 3 (Wirtschaftsinformatik und E1) >Wirtschaftsinformatik >Modul "Information Systems Research "1st-3rd Semester, Elective
  • WiInf Master 2010>Wahlpflichtbereich >Wahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik >Modul "Information Systems Research "1st-3rd Semester, Elective
WIWI‑C0655 - Exercise: Academic Writing and Reviewing