Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department
Dr. Prashant Palvia
426 Bryan Building
336.334.4818 [email protected]
quick, you can stop by my office when I am there. You can also email me.
Provides an in-depth understanding of the research process. Topics include: IS frameworks and research methodologies, models, development, and evaluation.
This course will expose students to frameworks and research methods in the information systems discipline. The students will develop an in-depth understanding based on articles published in top tier and high quality journals and conference proceedings. It is expected that the student will start the research apprenticeship as part of this course and produce a research paper worthy of submission to a national conference/journal. This course would also prepare the student for further research development in Information Systems.
Extensive readings (see list of articles)
Writing the Doctoral Dissertation: A Systematic Approach Paperback – September 1, 2012,
edition, by Gordon B. Davis, Clyde A. Parker, and Detmar W. Straub. Highly recommended. Buy it now. We will use it in other courses as well.
Reference book: Business Research Methods, by Cooper and Schindler, McGraw-Hill Irwin,
edition, 2013. You can also use previous editions or another research methods book.
AIS web site: http://www.aisnet.org/ - sign up AISWorld listserv.
GITMA web site: http://www.gitma.org
Study, analyze and critique key IS articles.
Introduce key topics in IS from a research perspective.
Review and critique IS framework articles.
Examine different research methodologies in IS research.
Conduct a broad survey of the IS literature.
Learn the process of preparing research articles.
Prepare professional reviews and understand the review process.
Identify and evaluate potential researchable areas.
Prepare topic analyses of "researchable" ideas suitable for dissertation research.
Conduct literature analysis on a suitable research topic.
Develop “writing” skills for journal publications.
Understand various Ph.D. processes, including the dissertation.
This is a seminar, not a lecture course. Thus active student participation and interaction are essential. Students are expected to be prepared for each class and participate fully in class discussions. Active participation is part of the final grade; so failure to prepare and participate will have consequences. There are several intensive activities outside of the class and work must be turned in by the due date.
The course will be coordinated through a combination of lectures, class discussions, research projects, analysis of articles, and presentations by students. Students will be provided detailed guidelines for making presentations, discussions, and various research projects.
You should check Blackboard and email regularly. You will be responsible for any information or announcements posted on Blackboard and email
Your grade is based on the following work and activities:
Class participation and presentations:
Summaries and critiques
Research development project
Literature analysis project
The instructor reserves the right to adjust the final grade based on individual effort (or lack thereof).
Tentative Schedule: The following schedule provides a general guideline only. Given the small class size, we will be informal at times, and are likely to make changes along the way. I fully expect to get into discussions of many related areas.
Ph.D. orientation, Introduction, What is
MIS, Introduction to research
Readings & Assignments
Chapters 1-2 of Davis, Parker & Straub
(1), Van Slyke (2)
Key IS Issues, Role of IT, Frameworks
Research process, Methodologies, literature review project, research topics assignment
Research domains and topics
Carr (3), Kappelman, et al. (4), Ackoff
(5), Gorry (6)
Mason-Mitroff (7), Nolan-Wetherbe (8),
Ives at al. (9), Palvia et al. (21)
Rigor and relevance
Literature review project
Conducting research, writing papers,
Research approaches and models
Literature review and meta analysis
D’Aubeterre (10), Palvia et al. (11),
Parameswaran (12), Berthon at al. (13)
Research Topics due
Rosemann (14), Straub (15), Huber (16),
Palvia-Basu (17), Chapter 8 Davis et al.
– pages 89 to 96. One article due.
Dennis (18), Day (19), Orlikowski (20),
Palvia et al. (22)
The survey method
Delone & McLean (23 & 24), Kohli (25)
Topic analysis due
Kraemer (26), Pinsonneault (27), Straub
(28), Pinjani (29)
Benbasat (30), Lee (31), Ahmanligil (32)
Literature review project update,
Research proposal due
Interpretive, qualitative research
Other research methods and key theories
Mason (33), Jarvenpaa (34), Tsai etl al.
Klein (36), Sarker elal. (37), Mingers
(38), Research Protocol due
Hevner (39), Peffers et al. (40)
Research project update
Myers (41), Venkatesh (42), Puhakainen
(43), other papers 44-48
Literature review project update
Literature review project
16 December 4
No class – Thanksgiving holiday.
Final Exam Final Exam, research papers & literature review paper due.