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Introduction to IS Research as a Science

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The Information Systems discipline lies at the intersection of two of the most exciting and dynamic fields today: Business and Information Technology. The aim of the discipline is to understand, predict, and support the effective design, use, and management of information technology in organizations and markets and to develop knowledge about phenomena relating to information technology-in-use. This involves breaking new ground in emerging topics (the latest technologies) and enduring topics (how best to design, implement, and use information technology). As a research student in information systems, you are expected to contribute to the body of knowledge in this field by designing and conducting original studies and to publish your findings. This course is designed to introduce doctoral and other higher-degree research students to the process of scientific research in the fields of Information Systems. The course develops both broad and detailed understanding of different strands of information systems research, relevant research methods and theories associated with the strands of research, and the craft and processes of writing and publishing information systems research articles.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this course is to develop IS research skills and learn how to write good research articles. We recommend teaching an introductory course to IS Research based on the textbook Recker, J. Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner's Guide Springer, Berlin, Germany, 2012. The course on basis of this book provides a comprehensive and broad rather than substantive and deep coverage of different views on IS research including scientific research, theory, research method, ethics and writing/publishing. It includes recommendations from a variety of general and specific leading textbooks and also incorporate further reading materials for in-depth study of every element. The objective of this course is not to replace but rather to complement education offerings in universities for research students. Unlike many other courses, this course is not primarily about research methods but instead covers the entire research process from start to finish. It places particular emphasis on understanding cognitive and behavioural aspects such as motivational components, various modes of inquiry in scholarly conduct, theorising, planning of research, as well as publication plans, and the ethical challenges of becoming a researcher. The course is meant to guide research students in their process of learning the life of a researcher. In doing so, it provides an understanding of the essential elements, concepts, and challenges of the journey of research studies. It provides a gateway for the student to inquire deeper about each element covered (such as a particular research method) by directing them to the appropriate resources.