Information Systems Theories

CDSB Seminar

Lecture

Degree Course PhD
Lecturer Prof. Viswanath Venkatesh
ECTS 8
Language of Instruction English
Room tba
Time see below
Office hours by appointment

Objectives: To build basic theory development skills, to understand challenges in developing theory, and to discuss approaches to writing theory sections of good empirical papers in the social and behavioral sciences. These particular skills will be contextualized within a framework of developing and sustaining a viable research program in the social and behavioral sciences.

Structure: The sessions will be discussion oriented. All participants are expected to have read and reflected on the readings. Participants should come prepared to discuss the readings. Don’t be intimidated by the number of readings—many of the articles are short thought-pieces. Participants should come prepared to share their own challenges and solutions. Each of the sessions will be three hours long and will hinge heavily on student preparation and discussion.

Readings: The course requires three sets of readings: (1) book by Venkatesh—several chapters from the book are required; (2) journal articles that are required; and (3) journal articles that are recommended.
Book: Venkatesh, V. “Road to Success: A Guide for Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty Members in the Behavioral and Social Sciences”—order from vvenkatesh.com/book for a discounted faculty member or student rate.
Journal articles (required): Various articles are listed in the schedule. Full citations are provided alphabetically after the schedule.
Journal articles (recommended): Various articles are listed in the schedule. Full citations are provided alphabetically after the schedule.

Paper and presentation (optional): Participants should submit a paper (or proposal) by July 15th. This will serve as the pre-course paper/proposal (baseline). Papers or proposals should conform to all guidelines of Information Systems Research. By mutual consent, selected papers (or proposals) will be invited to be presented for further feedback and discussion. After the course, participants will have 4 weeks to make changes based on what they have learned in the course and submit a revised paper (revision). Along with a revised paper, participants should submit a one-page summary of the major changes effected to the baseline paper. Grading: Participants will receive a grade based on a combination of the quality of their participation in class and their revised paper.

Course Dates:

Course dates:

28. July, 13:00 - 16:00
12. August, 13:00 - 16:00
13. August, 09:00 - 16:00
14. August, 13:00 - 16:00
15. August, 13:00 - 16:00