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5511484: Research Methods in Information Systems

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Semester:SS 23
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:40.0 L / 30.0 h
Self-directed study time:120.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Doctoral degree programme in Business Economics (01.09.2008)


The module "Research Methods in Information Systems" aims at deepening the students' skills in research design. It focuses on pivotal issues of conducting and structuring research activities as part of information systems research.

Subjects dealt with in the module comprise (but are not limited to):

  • Introduction into design science
  • Design science vs. behavioral science
  • Rigor vs. relevance
  • Design science in information systems research
  • The design science research process
  • Reviewing the literature
  • Design science examples
  • Design science challenges
  • Theorizing in design science
  • Publishing design science

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully participating in the module will

  • know how to explain the design science approach as related to 'traditional' approaches in research,
  • be able to differentiate between major constructs and issues in information systems research, such as relevance, rigor, truth, and utility,
  • know about the major contributions on design science published in information systems research,
  • be able to structure the design science research process,
  • be capable of conducting rigorous literature reviews as part of design science research,
  • know about major evaluation methods,
  • be aware of the role of theories in design science research, and
  • know the major information systems outlets for publishing design science research.


Lectures Method

  • Lecture
  • Self-study
  • Presentation by students

Admission Requirements



Will be announced topic-specifically in the course.


The students will be assessed in this module through:

  • Presentations
  • Discussions


  • PWW-DS_Research Methods in Information Systems (SS 23, in Bewertung)