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5309221: Research Methods I - IMIT - specialization Part

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Semester:SS 22
Scheduled in semester:4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)


The lecture provides students with a basic understanding of information-systems research. It covers an introduction to information-systems research, including behavioral research and design-oriented research, and students learn how to formulate research problems and questions, how to conduct literature reviews and searches, how to apply basic quantitative as well as qualitative research methods, and how to conduct design-oriented research.


    • explain the fundamentals of information-systems research, including its roots, areas, and topics, and describe the seminal concepts and theories used in information-systems research
    • distinguish between behavorial science (i.e., theory building and testing) and design science (i.e., IT artifact design and evaluation) and know what design theory is
    • know what makes a good research topic and what methods can be applied for identifying research ideas and refining them into research problems and questions
    • know where to find and access academic outlets that publish information-systems research, and explain strategies for collecting, evaluating, and synthesizing academic literature
    • describe basic strategies of information-systems research (e.g., qualitative and quantitative/inductive and deductive strategies) and techniques for collecting data (e.g., interviews, questionnaires) and analyzing data (e.g., coding, statistics)
    • identify research ideas in the area of information-systems research and refine them into research problems and questions
    • identify relevant theories and concepts used in information-systems research
    • apply appropriate research strategies and methods using different software products (e.g., NVivo, Qualtrics)
    • conduct systematic literature reviews and use appropriate methods and tools (e.g., Mendeley) for collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing the literature
    • work in groups, communicate as a team, and help each other in the process of reviewing the course contents and reading and understanding the literature they are provided with
    • assess their learning progresses and evaluate their participation in class autonomously

Lectures Method



Course textbook: Recker, J. (2012). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner's Guide. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

In addition, students will be provided with a reader that is thought to help them deepen their knowledge in specific areas of information-systems research. Among other sources, the reader will include the following papers:

  • Hevner, A. R., March, S. T., Park, J., & Ram, S. (2004). Design science in information systems research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75-105.
  • Levy, Y., & Ellis, T. J. (2006). A Systems Approach to Conduct an Effective Literature Review in Support of Information Systems Research. Informing Science Journal, 9, 181-212.
  • Levy, Y., & Ellis, T. J. (2011). A Guide for Novice Researchers on Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Studies in Information Systems Research. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 6, 152-161.
  • March, S. T., & Smith, G. F. (1995). Design and natural science research on information technology. Decision Support Systems, 15(4), 251-266.
  • Moore, G. C., & Benbasat, I. (1991). Development of an instrument to measure the perceptions of adopting an information technology innovation. Information Systems Research, 2(3), 192-222.
  • Recker, J., & Rosemann, M. (2010). A measurement instrument for process modelling research: Development, test and procedural model. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 22(2), 3-30.
  • Saunders, M. N. K., & Lewis, P. (1997). Great Ideas and Blind Alleys? A Review of the Literature on Starting Research. Management Learning, 28, 283-299.
  • Webster, J., & Watson, R. T. (2002). Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. Management Information Systems Quarterly, 26(2), xiii-xxiii.

Exam Modalities

  • written examination


22.02.202217:15 - 20:30S3
08.03.202217:15 - 20:30S3
22.03.202217:15 - 20:30abgesagt/cancelled
29.03.202217:15 - 18:45S3
30.03.202211:45 - 13:15S3
05.04.202217:15 - 20:30S3
12.04.202217:15 - 20:30S3
13.04.202211:45 - 13:15S1
27.04.202211:45 - 13:15S1
03.05.202217:15 - 20:30S3


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