Engaged IS Scholarship

Type of CourseSeminar
TermWinter term 2017/18

Tuesday, 09:00-18:00, single: 30.01.2018
Room: MZG/Blauer - 6.117
Wednesday, 09:00-18:00, single: 31.01.2018
Room: MZG/Blauer - 6.117

Muntermann, Jan, Prof. Dr.

Course content at a glance:

This course addresses first and second year IS doctoral students and introduces them to three 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, critical and instrumentalist 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 and Making a Research Contribution" deals with the different types of theory in IS and 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 third competency area "Research Process" deals with qualitative, quantitative and design science research methods.

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 present their slides 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 a schedule that will be provided.

During the seminar, the students will present their slides to the audience to put up their ideas for discussion.