Theory Development in Information Systems Research

Type of course Seminar
Courses of study Matriculated doctoral students at Georg-August-University of Göttingen and researchers with a focus on Information Systems Research or adjacent fields
Course language English
Examination Class engagement; final presentation or delivery
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Jose Benitez

In autumn 2022, Prof. Dr. Jose Benitez, Full Professor of Information Systems at EDHEC Business School (Lille and Paris / France) will offer the PhD course "Theory Development in Information Systems Research". The course will take place on September 22nd and 29th, and October 6th and 11th, 2022, both from 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in presence. The course is especially aimed at PhD students and researchers in the field of Information Systems / Business Informatics as well as related disciplines who are interested in theory development as well as publishing in highly ranked journals. The course will cover, among other things, the basics of theory development, strategies for scientific contributions, techniques for synthesizing previously published literature, and writing empirical papers (see syllabus for details). Apply to this PhD course directly to Prof. Dr. Benitez via email ( until September 15th, 2022.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the foundations (key elements of a theory and approaches) to build a theory in IS research.
  • Assimilating the alignment between the theoretical arguments and the proposed research model.
  • Knowing how to leverage context in theory building in IS research.
  • Developing the skills to motivate a research problem, formulate a research question, synthesize prior relevant IS literature, build a theory, and specify a model finding consistency between all these key elements.


Course content and further information

Further information can be found here and in UniVZ.