ISM 786, Fall 2014 The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


ISM 786, Fall 2014 Introduction to Research and Frameworks in Information Systems The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department

Professor: Office:

Dr. Prashant Palvia 426 Bryan Building



336.334.4818 [email protected]

Class Meets: Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Class Room: 433 Bryan Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. and others by appointment. If it is

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.

Course Materials:

Extensive readings (see list of articles) Writing the Doctoral Dissertation: A Systematic Approach Paperback – September 1, 2012, 3 rd 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, 12 th edition, 2013. You can also use previous editions or another research methods book. AIS web site: - sign up AISWorld listserv. GITMA web site:

Course Objectives:








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. 1



Identify and evaluate potential researchable areas. Prepare topic analyses of "researchable" ideas suitable for dissertation research. 10.

Conduct literature analysis on a suitable research topic. 11.

Develop “writing” skills for journal publications. 12.

Understand various Ph.D. processes, including the dissertation.

Teaching Strategy:

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.

Electronic Mail and BlackBoard:

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 Research topic/question Topic analysis Research protocol/proposal 10% 10% 5% 5% 5% Final paper Literature analysis project Final exam Total 15% 25% 25% _________ 100% The instructor reserves the right to adjust the final grade based on individual effort (or lack thereof). 2

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. 1 Week August 21


Ph.D. orientation, Introduction, What is MIS, Introduction to research

Readings & Assignments

Chapters 1-2 of Davis, Parker & Straub (1), Van Slyke (2) 2 3 4 August 28 September 4 September 11 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) 5 6 7 September 18 September 25 October 2 Rigor and relevance Literature review project Topic Analysis Conducting research, writing papers, Research approaches and models Catch up 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) 8 9 October 9 October 16 The survey method Research proposal Case research Catch up 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 10 11 12 13 14 15 October 23 October 30 November 6 November 13 November 20 November 27 Experimental research Research Protocol Interpretive, qualitative research Design science Other research methods and key theories Final presentations Mason (33), Jarvenpaa (34), Tsai etl al. (35), 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 Research projects Literature review project 16 December 4 No class – Thanksgiving holiday. Final Exam Final Exam, research papers & literature review paper due. 3