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IT Doctoral Program, Information Systems Track

Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Information Systems

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The IT doctoral program was launched in 2008 by a consortium of academic departments offering computer-related courses at AAU and at the College of Telecom. The consortium was envisaged to pool local scarce resources together, particularly faculty. The program was also targeting to supplement and enhance its local capacity with foreign faculty including the diaspora. The PhD in IS, as one of the six tracks, runs under the umbrella of the IT doctoral program. The primary objective of the PhD Program is to build graduate PhD students who have the capacity to identify and solve problems related to IT policy, design, development, and implementation in Ethiopia. Students will learn to apply technical and scientific methods and innovative thinking. The program will prepare candidates for successful academic and professional careers in Ethiopia.

Courses

PhD in Information Systems

Block seminar
The instructor will decide on the area of emphasis and will avail published research papers to students or students can select recently published papers on accredited journals or conference proceedings. Students (individually or in groups), critically and scientifically review a published paper, prepare a report and present their findings. Each student/group should review at least three papers.
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Block seminar
The instructor will decide on the area of emphasis and will avail published research papers to students or students can select recently published papers on accredited journals or conference proceedings. Students (individually or in groups), critically and scientifically review a published paper, prepare a report and present their findings. Each student/group should review at least three papers.
 435
Block seminar
This course introduces and discusses information systems in the global context. Business organizations increasingly rely on both legacy transaction and operation processing systems and more recent e-commerce and e-business systems. Successful use of IT can generate business value and contribute to an organization’s profitability and competitiveness. It also plays a pivotal role in supporting and enabling an organization’s business strategy and goals. However, many business managers regularly complain that their IT investments and solutions often fall short of expectations. This course will enhance students’ appreciation of topics such as IT-business alignment, application of the balanced scorecard approach to formulate a business aligned IT strategy, IT performance evaluation (such as service level agreements) and IT sourcing strategies (such as outsourcing and off shoring).
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Block seminar
The course will teach students the application of project management body of knowledge including: time, cost, scope, quality, human resources, risk management, procurement, communication, and project management integration; leadership skills including recruiting IT professionals, developing IT professionals skills, champion IT success factors, and ethical leadership; and implementation skills including change management. The course will use developing economies as the context for management, leadership, and implementation.
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Block seminar
Information systems research is influenced by both social and physical (natural) science techniques and is by necessity multidisciplinary requiring a socio-technical approach. In the context of developing economies in particular, there are a number of methodological challenges that IS researchers are likely to encounter. This course, therefore, covers topics such as philosophical approaches to IS research; IS and epistemological paradigms; quantitative, positivist research methods in IS; qualitative, interpretive methods in IS; action and design research in IS; discussion of issues in research design, conceptualization, data gathering, and analysis specific to IS research in developing economies; components of a doctoral dissertation. At the end of the course, student will be able to clearly articulate their ontological position, make informed epistemological choices, define and describe essential characteristics of quantitative vs. qualitative research, formulate a rigorous either quantitative or qualitative research design, evaluate and interpret the methodological challenges of researching IS in developing economies.
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Block seminar
Systems thinking recognizes that entities are influenced by and influence the other entities in the ecosystem in which they exist. Systems thinkers understand that mutual interactions determine the current and future state of all entities. Systems thinking focuses on understanding the complexity of interactions within a system and teaches analysis and modeling of systems interactions. Systems thinking is a holistic approach to problem solving. Organizations are complex systems that use multiple information systems with many actors; solving organizational problems needs a holistic approach. Sustainability is concerned with development that meets the needs of the present with realistic plans to maintain future operation and development. Information systems solutions that are not sustainable are doomed to fail. This course is designed to teach students systems thinking that will help them develop sustainable information systems solutions. Simulation and modeling tools shall be used to help student develop systems thinking.
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