Theory Development and Research Methods

Type of CourseSeminar
TermSummer term 2017

Monday, -24:00, single: 29.05.2017
Tuesday, 09:00-18:00, single: 30.05.2017
Room: MZG/Blauer - 6.117
Tuesday, 18:00-20:00, single: 18.04.2017
Room: ZHG - ZHG006
Wednesday, 09:00-18:00, single: 31.05.2017
Room: MZG/Blauer - 6.117

Wednesday, -12:00, Abgabe Hausarbeit: 24.05.2017

Muntermann, Jan, Prof. Dr.
Weinrich, Timo, M.Sc.
Eickhoff, Matthias, Dr.
Wieneke, Runhild, M.Sc.
Palmer, Matthias, M.Sc.

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Learning Objectives:

The aim of the seminar is to familiarize students with different kinds of theories and their components (constructs, relations, etc.). Students have to present selected theories in their seminar papers and clarify how these theories were developed and how they are being adapted as well as tested in Information Systems Research, especially in the context of current IT-phenomena. Furthermore, students shall become acquainted with research methods, which are used in the development, testing and modification of theories. By preparing both, a seminar paper and the corresponding presentation with a focus on theory development and research methods, students gain competencies, which prepare them to successfully write a master's thesis in terms of research oriented teaching.


Subject area: 

will be announced



Presentation (approx. 20 min.) and a written seminar paper (approx. 12 pages).


Examination requirements:

Independent elaboration of a current scientific topic in the form of a written seminar paper (approx. 12 pages) and an oral presentation of the topic (approx. 20 min.). In doing so, a relevant theory or methodology within the context of Information Systems research has to be comprehended as well as presented.


Prior knowledge recommended: 

Basic knowledge of Information Systems


The module is eligible in the elective range of the following Master's programs:


Marketing and Channel Management

Finance, Accounting, and Taxes


Business Information Systems

International Economics

Development Economics

Economic and Social History


Additionally, the module is eligible in the specialization range of the Finance, Accounting, and Taxes Master's progam!


Prior Registration is required:

The registration period starts on January 1st, 2017 and ends on March, 17th 2017 April 9th, 2017. In order to apply, please contact Runhild Wieneke ( and indicate the following data: last name, first name, matriculation number, faculty, study program, and number of semesters. Please note that your application is binding.


University of Goettingen
Faculty of Business and Economics
Chair of Electronic Finance und Digital Markets

Prof. Dr. Jan Muntermann

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
37073 Göttingen

Telephone: +49 (0)551 / 39-27062
Fax: +49 (0)551 / 39-27099

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