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Modul (6 Credits)

Information Systems Research

Name im Diploma Supplement
Information Systems Research
Verantwortlich
Voraus­setzungen
Siehe Prüfungsordnung.
Workload
180 Stunden studentischer Workload gesamt, davon:
  • Präsenzzeit: 60 Stunden
  • Vorbereitung, Nachbereitung: 60 Stunden
  • Prüfungsvorbereitung: 60 Stunden
Dauer
Das Modul erstreckt sich über 1 Semester.
Qualifikations­ziele

Students should

  • understand the methods’ and theories’ relevance for meaningful research;
  • have knowledge of the most common methods and theories used in IS research;
  • understand the core IS phenomena;
  • have a fundamental understanding of scientific research’s basic quality criteria;
  • be able to discuss scientific papers’ content;
  • have the ability to provide an appropriate review of scientific papers;
  • be able to prepare and execute their own research projects (e.g., a master thesis).
Praxisrelevanz

The module prepares students for scientific work in the context of their master thesis.

Prüfungs­modalitäten

Zum Modul erfolgt eine modulbezogene Prüfung in der Gestalt einer Klausur (in der Regel: 60-90 Minuten). 

Vom Dozierenden wird zu Beginn der Veranstaltung festgelegt, ob eine Prüfungsvorleistung verlangt wird. In diesem Fall werden mündliche oder schriftliche Testate bearbeitet. Von diesen Testaten müssen in der Regel mindestens 75% bestanden werden um zur Modulprüfung desselben Semesters zugelassen zu werden. Die genauen Formalia werden in der ersten Sitzung bekannt gegeben.

This module is concluded with a module-specific examination consisting of a written exam (usually 60-90 minutes) on the contents of the lectures and tutorials. These contents are subject to verbal or written tests. Only participants who pass at least 75% of these intermediate tests are eligible to take the final written examination during that semester. The exact formalities will be announced in the first session.

Verwendung in Studiengängen
  • AI-SE-Ma-2010 Bereich 3 (Wirtschaftsinformatik und E1) Wirtschaftsinformatik 1.-3. FS, Wahlpflicht
  • WiInf-Ma-2010 Wahlpflichtbereich Wahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik 1.-3. FS, Wahlpflicht
Bestandteile
Name im Diploma Supplement
IS Research Fundamentals
Anbieter
Lehrperson
SWS
2
Sprache
englisch
Turnus
Wintersemester
maximale Hörerschaft
20
empfohlenes Vorwissen

There are no prerequisites for attending this course. 

Abstract

The lecture “IS Research Fundamentals” is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build the basic theoretical and methodological skills needed to conceptualize, conduct, and communicate their own research. To do so, the course will familiarize students with the essential triad, namely topic, methods, and theories. While selecting an exciting topic is a fundamental anchor for research’s relevance, a research’s ability to provide rigorous results depends on a sound command of theories and methods. In this context, theories provide a solid basis by summarizing current knowledge and allowing for a precise investigation and definition of their topic’s underlying phenomena. They also provide the students with a theoretical lens to investigate their topics from the perspective they are most interested in. In addition to this, methods afford the students with the ability to produce reliable results which allow them to derive both meaningful and trustworthy conclusions. In this way, they can make sure that their results are not only interesting, but also scientifically valid. To support students in their preparation for their master’s thesis, the course will introduce the most common methods used in business research by looking at examples from the IS discipline. This includes how to carry out a literature review as well as qualitative (e.g., case study research), quantitative (e.g., survey-based research), and design science methods of IS research. Based on the selected readings, the course will also highlight a selection of theories used in IS research.

Course contents are derived from a course developed by Dr. Benjamin Müller at the University of Mannheim.

Lehrinhalte
  • 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
Literaturangaben
  • 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.
didaktisches Konzept

Based on the selected readings, the course will also highlight a selection of theories used in IS research. Students will learn how the studies further develop (or develop 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.

Hörerschaft
  • AI-SE-Ma-2010 Bereich 3 (Wirtschaftsinformatik und E1) Wirtschaftsinformatik Modul "Information Systems Research " 1.-3. FS, Wahlpflicht
  • WiInf-Ma-2010 Wahlpflichtbereich Wahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik Modul "Information Systems Research " 1.-3. FS, Wahlpflicht
Vorlesung: IS Research Fundamentals (WIWI‑C0654)
Name im Diploma Supplement
Academic Writing and Reviewing
Anbieter
Lehrperson
SWS
2
Sprache
englisch
Turnus
Wintersemester
maximale Hörerschaft
20
empfohlenes Vorwissen

There are no prerequisites for attending this course. 

Abstract

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.

Lehrinhalte
  • 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
Literaturangaben
  • 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.
didaktisches Konzept

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.

Hörerschaft
  • AI-SE-Ma-2010 Bereich 3 (Wirtschaftsinformatik und E1) Wirtschaftsinformatik Modul "Information Systems Research " 1.-3. FS, Wahlpflicht
  • WiInf-Ma-2010 Wahlpflichtbereich Wahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik Modul "Information Systems Research " 1.-3. FS, Wahlpflicht
Übung: Academic Writing and Reviewing (WIWI‑C0655)
Modul: Information Systems Research (WIWI‑M0489)