4406675: Research Methods IMIT - specialization Part

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Semester:WS 17/18
Scheduled in semester:5
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)


  • Introduction to information systems (IS) research
  • Identification of research ideas and problems
  • Behavorial science vs. design science
  • Literature reviews in IS research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Design science research


    • explain the fundamentals of IS research, especially its roots, areas, and topics, and describe the seminal concepts and theories used in IS research
    • distinguish between behavorial science and design science (e.g., theory-building and testing vs. IT artifact design and evaluation)
    • describe basic research strategies in IS (e.g., qualitative and quantitative/inductive and deductive strategies) and techniques for collecting (e.g., interviews, questionnaires) and analyzing (e.g., coding, statistics) empirical data
    • know where to find and access academic outlets that publish IS research, and explain strategies for collecting, evaluating, and synthesizing academic literature in IS
    • identify research ideas in the area of IS research and refine them into research problems and questions
    • identify relevant theories and concepts used in IS research
    • apply appropriate research strategies and methods using different software products (e.g., NVivo)
    • conduct systematic literature reviews and apply concept-centric approaches to 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



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

In addition, the students will be provided with a reader that is thought to help them deepen their knowledge in specific areas of IS 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.
  • March, S. T., & Smith, G. F. (1995). Design and natural science research on information technology. Decision Support Systems, 15(4), 251-266.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Exam Modalities

  • written examination


20.09.201713:30 - 17:00S4
25.09.201716:00 - 19:30S3
25.09.201716:00 - 19:30abgesagt/cancelled
27.09.201713:30 - 17:00S2
02.10.201716:00 - 19:30S3
04.10.201713:30 - 17:00S4
09.10.201716:00 - 19:30S2


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  • PWW-BA-12_Research Methods - IMIT - Specialization - VO (SS 18, bewertet)
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