Engaged IS Scholarship

Type of CourseSeminar
TermWinter term 2012/13

Muntermann, Jan, Prof. Dr.
Gregory, Robert Wayne, Prof. Dr.

Course content at a glance:
This course addresses first and second year IS doctoral students and introduces them to four key competency areas for designing and conducting research as well as getting their work published in international IS conferences and journals. All of the discussed competencies are critical for "engaged scholarship" which refers broadly to research that matters to both academia and practice by building strong theory.
The first competency area "Foundations" deals with basics and critical foundations including the differences between positivistic, interpretive, and critical research in IS, identifying and positioning oneself in an IS research stream, and formulating a research problem.
The second competency area "The Nature of Theory" deals with the different types of theory in IS and then hones in on two different types of theory, i.e. design theory and organizational theory.
The third competency area "Theorizing and Making a Research Contribution" develops an understanding of how to theorize in IS as well as crafting a theoretical and practical contribution. Further, fundamentals of theory building are discussed including abductive, deductive, and inductive reasoning.
The fourth competency area "Publishing Skills" deals with publishing culture in IS and reviewing, which are viewed as two sides of the same coin.

Conduct of the course:
This will NOT be the type of course in which the instructor gets up in front of the class and lectures from Powerpoint slides. The instructor"s role will be that of a facilitator, carefully selecting relevant reading materials and structuring our time together so that we can cover the material in an interactive way. You will be responsible for your own learning and what you get out of the course will be a function of what you put into it.

Preparing for the course by tackling the assigned reading in advance is essential if we are make the most of our time together. The style of teaching used in this course is only effective when participants have read and thought deeply about the readings and are prepared to contribute to the discussion. Each student is therefore expected to prepare sets of slides that demonstrate immersion in the required readings. The course will be run in a seminar format. Students will be called upon to lead the discussion on the topic being covered and all students are expected to participate actively in the discussion. As such, students should have thoroughly read all assigned readings prior to class and prepared the PowerPoint slides as noted in the schedule.

Registration period starts on July 1st, 2012 and ends on September 30th, 2012.
Student applicants will be selected on a "first come first serve" basis. For application, please send an email to Dr. Robert Wayne Gregory, indicating your name, student identification number, the chair/advisor, and further contact details.

Course timeline:

September 30th, 2012: registration deadline

December 15th, 2012: deadline for submission of the PowerPoint slides as noted in the schedule. Please send an email with a ZIP archive to Dr. Gregory

January 14th - Janurary 15th, 2013: seminar in room 1616 (Blauer Turm)


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