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Seminar: Information Systems Research


Dozent(in): Prof. Dr. Daniel Veit; Dr. Dennis Steininger; Dr. Manuel Trenz; Alexander Frey, M.Sc.; Sabrina Karwatzki, M.Sc.
Termin: Bewerbung: 17.04. - 30.04.17
Gebäude/Raum: Kick-Off:FW 2101; Zwischenpräsentation: FW 2102 und FW 2101
Weitere Termine: Benachrichtigung: 02.05.17
Kick-Off: 03.05.17, 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Zwischenpräsentation: 19.06.17 von 8-12 Uhr und 20.06.17, 13:00-17:00 Uhr
Abgabe: 07.09.17, 11:59 Uhr
Ansprechpartner: Dr. Dennis Steininger

Zusammenfassung:

At the end of this module, students have a basic understanding of empiricial research in information systems. Topics include IT innovation, IT adoption and continuance, digital strategy, business models, pricing, cloud computing, information privacy, electronic healthcare and others.

The goals of this seminar are:
  • Fundamental understanding of the principles of empirical academic work
  • Ability to systematically and independently adress a research topic
  • Knowledge of the methodological and theoretical foundations necessary to write a master thesis in the area of information systems


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

Part 1
  • Introduction to academic research principles and academic writing

Part 2

  • Examination of the topic and the research question
  • Investigation of the theoretical and methodological foundation
  • Structured analysis of the current state of research
  • Analysis and structuration of the results with regard to one specific topic in the field of information systems research

Part 3

  • Writing of the seminar thesis
  • Presentation and discussion of the results

Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Die Literatur wird im Rahmen des Seminars zugeteilt.


Vorkenntnisse für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Grundlegendes Wissen zu den Themenfeldern (bspw. durch Besuch der Vorlesungen des Lehrstuhls) ist hilfreich. 

Gute Englischkenntnisse sind notwendig, um die Literatur zu verstehen und die Präsentation sowie die Seminararbeit auszuarbeiten.

Der Besuch eines Einführungskurses der Universitätsbibliothek wird empfohlen.


Bewerbungszeitraum:

Die Plätze in den Seminaren sind limitiert. Bitte nutzen Sie während der Anmeldephase Digicampus.


Seminarthemen:


Title

1) Are we just too lazy? Bounded rationality as a concept in Information Systems research

Goal

Researchers have long assumed that people gather and process all relevant information in order to make optimal choices. Herbert Simon (1955) challenged this “rational man” assumption and introduced bounded rationality theory claiming that individuals are limited by the capabilities, knowledge and information they have and therefore use heuristics for solving complex decision-making problems. Digitalization and complex computer systems steeply increase the amount of information available to users and consumers and potentially foster decisions made using mental shortcuts. The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured literature review on the application of the concept of bounded rationality in Information Systems Research. The work should structure the results of previous studies in a comprehensive way in order to provide researchers with an understanding of previous applications of the theory and potential avenues for future research.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Simon, H.A. (1955). "A behavioral model of rational choice." The quarterly journal of economics, 99–118.

M: Webster, J. and R.T. Watson (2002). "Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review." MIS Quarterly 26 (2), 13–23.

Supervisor

Dr. Manuel Trenz

Title

2) Technostress

Goal

Our private and work lives continue to be infused by digital technologies. Despite unquestioned positive outcomes such as increased convenience for consumers and higher productivity in work environments, individuals more and more frequently perceive such technologies as stressful. This stress can be caused by many different aspects of the technology leading from constant interruptions to fears of job security or mental overload. However, these perceptions of technostress and its consequences differ widely between contexts, technology types and individuals. The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured literature review bringing together insights from prior literature on technostress in private, work, and mixed settings. The work should identify the relevant literature streams and structure the results of previous studies in a comprehensive way, distinguish between contexts that influence its definition, facets, drivers, mitigators, and consequences, and possibly conclude with an agenda for future research.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Ayyagari, R., Grover, V., and Purvis, R. 2011. “Technostress: Technological Antecedents and Implications,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), pp. 831–858.

T: Maier, C., Laumer, S., Weinert, C., and Weitzel, T. 2015. “The Effects of Technostress and Switching Stress on Discontinued Use of Social Networking Services: A Study of Facebook Use,” Information Systems Journal (25:3), pp. 275–308.

T: Ragu-Nathan, T. S., Tarafdar, M., Ragu-Nathan, B. S., and Tu, Q. 2008. “The Consequences of Technostress for End Users in Organizations: Conceptual Development and Empirical Validation,” Information Systems Research (19:4), pp. 417–433.

T: Tarafdar, M., Qiang Tu, Ragu-Nathan, B. S., and Ragu-Nathan, T. S. 2007. “The Impact of Technostress on Role Stress and Productivity,” Journal of Management Information Systems (24:1), pp. 301–328.

M: Webster, J., and Watson, R. T. 2002. “Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review,” MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13-23.

Supervisor

Dr. Manuel Trenz

Title

3) Uncertainties in online markets - How intermediaries mitigate uncertainties for their users

Goal

Today online markets are ubiquitous and many people are using these platforms. For instance, eBay, Amazon, Kleiderkreisel or other second hand online markets pose a difficulty for evaluating products. Especially, if the product is an experience good, like a used car, it cannot be easily described online. This leads to several uncertainties for the buyer and for the seller of the product. Therefore, providers of online markets offer a variety of mechanisms to reduce these uncertainties. Aim of this thesis is to provide a structured review of studies in the information systems area that have already examined uncertainties and the mitigation of these uncertainties in online markets. The investigated uncertainties should be categorized and analyzed

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Dimoka, A., Hong, Y., & Pavlou, P. A. (2012). On Product Uncertainty in Online Markets: Theory and Evidence. MIS Quarterly, 36(2), 395-A15.

T: Hong, Y. (Kevin), & Pavlou, P. A. (2014). Product Fit Uncertainty in Online Markets: Nature, Effects, and Antecedents. Information Systems Research, 25(2), 328-344.

M: Webster, J., and Watson, R. T. 2002. “Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review,” MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13-23.

Supervisor

Alexander Frey, M.Sc.

Title

4) Uniqueness of the Sharing Economy - Exploring the characteristics of sharing services

Goal

The Sharing Economy is a rapidly growing economic and technological phenomenon that postulates access over ownership and could have the potential to become as important as the industrial revolution in terms of the way we think about ownership. The increasing amount of sharing services (e.g. AirBnb, Uber, or BlaBlaCar) has already led to severe consequences for society and firms. This leads to the questions why existing online services didn't have the potential to influence our society in that way and why sharing services are different to traditional online services. Aim of this thesis is to provide a structured review of studies that have already examined characteristics of the sharing economy. The investigated aspects why sharing services are unique and different to other online services should be categorized and analyzed.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Ertz, M., Durif, F., & Arcand, M. (2016). Collaborative Consumption: Conceptual Snapshot at a Buzzword. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 19(2), 1-23.

T: Scaraboto, D. (2015). Selling, Sharing, and Everything In Between: The Hybrid Economies of Collaborative Networks. Journal of Consumer Research, 42(1), 152-176.

M: Webster, J., and Watson, R. T. 2002. “Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review,” MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13-23.

Supervisor

Alexander Frey, M.Sc.

Title

5) The influence of personality on information privacy - A structured literature review

Goal

Researchers have investigated a variety of factors that influence individuals' formation of privacy concerns, which can be distinguished in context-independent factors and context-dependent factors. Among the context-independent factors, personality plays a major role in individuals' evaluation of privacy threats, e.g. how open to new experiences an individual is or how much an individual values its privacy in general. The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured literature review on which personality-related factors have been taken into consideration in information privacy research. The work should structure the results of previous studies in a comprehensive way in order to provide researchers with an understanding of previous applications of the concepts and potential avenues for future research.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Junglas, I. A., Johnson N. A. and Spitzmüller, C. 2008. "Personality Traits and Concern for Privacy: An Empirical Study in the Context of Location-Based Services", European Journal of Information Systems 17(4), pp. 387-402.

T: Xu, H., Dinev, T., Smith, H. J. and Hart, P. 2008. "Examining the Formation of Individual's Privacy Concerns: Towards an Integrative View", in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, Paris, France.

M: Webster, J., and Watson, R. T. 2002. “Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review,” MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13-23.

Supervisor

Sabrina Hauff, M.Sc.

Title

6) How individuals react to privacy breaches - A structured literature review

Goal

Many service providers collect a lot of personal information online to improve their service offerings and create better customer experience, which provides benefits not only to companies but also to their customers. However, at the same time more and more customers experience privacy breaches. Thus, the question arises how individuals react to such (perceived) privacy breaches, how those perceptions or actual experiences of a privacy breach influence their relationship with service providers, and how service providers can try to influence individuals' reactions. The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured literature review on the impact of privacy breaches on individuals and their relationship to companies in information privacy research. The work should structure the results of previous studies in a comprehensive way and discuss potential avenues for future research.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Mamonov, S. and Koufaris, M. 2014. "The Impact of Perceived Privacy Breach on Smartphone User Attitudes and Intention to Terminate the Relationship with the Mobile Carrier", Communications of the Association for Information Systems 34(60), pp. 1157-1174.

T: Wilson, D., Schuetzler, R., Dorn, B., and Proudfoot, J. 2015. "When Disclosure is Involuntary: Empowering Users with Control to Reduce Concerns", in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, Fort Worth, USA.

M: Webster, J., and Watson, R. T. 2002. “Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review,” MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13-23.

Supervisor

Sabrina Hauff, M.Sc.

Title

7) The Role of Information Technology for Firm Growth - A Multidisciplinary Literature Review

Goal

Information Technology (IT) can be leveraged to enable or support the growth of firms. This seminar paper investigates on research that has already been conducted in the Information Systems discipline but also potentially adjacent disciplines such as entrepreneurship, management, and organizational behavior regarding firm growth and IT. Thereby it is aimed at identifying major areas of research but also missing gaps in the literature.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Street, C. T., and Meister, D. B. 2004. “Small Business Growth and Internal Transparency: The Role of Information Systems,” MIS Quarterly (28:3), pp. 473–506.

T: Mitra, S. 2005. “Information Technology as an Enabler of Growth in Firms: An Empirical Assessment,” Journal of Management Information Systems (22:2), pp. 279–300.

T: Im, K. S., Grover, V., and Teng, J. T. C. 2012. “Do Large Firms Become Smaller by Using Information Technology?,” Information Systems Research (24:2), pp. 470–491.M: Webster, J., and Watson, R. T. 2002. “Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review,” MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13–23.

M: Smith, H. J., Dinev, T., and Xu, H. 2011. “Information Privacy Research: An Interdisciplinary Review,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), pp. 980–A27.

M: Okoli, C., and Schabram, K. 2010. “A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research,” Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems (10:26), pp. 1–5.

M: Wolfswinkel, J. F., Furtmueller, E., and Wilderom, C. P. M. 2011. “Using Grounded Theory as a Method for Rigorously Reviewing Literature,” European Journal of Information Systems, pp. 1–11.

Supervisor

Dr. Dennis Steininger

Title

8) Dynamic Capabilities in Information Systems

Goal

Dynamic capabilities are the firm’s ability to integrate, build, and reconfigure internal and external competences to address rapidly changing environments (Teece et al., 1997).  This seminar paper aims to understand the dynamic capabilities theory and its applications in the information systems discipline. It thereby aims at identifying major areas of research that have been researched but also missing gaps in the existing literature.

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Eisenhardt, K. M., and Martin, J. A. 2000. “Dynamic Capabilities: What are They?,” Strategic Management Journal (21), pp. 1105–1121.

T:  Teece, D. J. 2007. “Explicating Dynamic Capabilities: The Nature and Microfoundations of (sustainable) Enterprise Performance,” Strategic Management Journal (28:13), pp. 1319–1350.

T:  Barreto, I. 2010. “Dynamic Capabilities: A Review of Past Research and an Agenda for the Future,” Journal of Management (36:1), pp. 256–280.

T: Zahra, A.S., Sapienza, H.J., & Davidsson, P. 2006. Entrepreneurship and Dynamic Capabilities: A Review, Model and Research Agenda. Journal of Management Studies. 43(4):  917-955.

T: Wade, M., & Hulland, J. 2004. The Resource-Based View and Information Systems Research: Review, Extension, and Suggestions for Future Research. Management Information Systems Quarterly, 28(1): 107-142.

M: Webster, J. and Watson, R.T. 2002. Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review, MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13–23.

M: Smith, H. J., Dinev, T., and Xu, H. 2011. “Information Privacy Research: An Interdisciplinary Review,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), pp. 980–A27.

M: Okoli, C., and Schabram, K. 2010. “A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research,” Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems (10:26), pp. 1–5.

M: Wolfswinkel, J. F., Furtmueller, E., and Wilderom, C. P. M. 2011. “Using Grounded Theory as a Method for Rigorously Reviewing Literature,” European Journal of Information Systems, pp. 1–11.

Supervisor

Dr. Dennis Steininger

Title

9) What are the Decision Criteria of Investors when Investing in High-Tech Startups?

Goal

Venture Capitalists need to manage a large number of uncertainties when approaching an investment decision for a startup. Therefore they need to evaluate on the business idea and model a venture is pursuing. This paper tries to shed light on the process of these evaluation approaches and decisions through a systematic literature review on the topic. It thereby tries to answer questions such as: What does this evaluation process look like? What are the major criteria within the process that impact the decision of investors?

Readings on the Topic (T) and possible Methods (M)

T: Dos Santos, B. L., Patel, P. C., and D’Souza, R. R. 2011. “Venture Capital Funding for Information Technology Businesses,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (12:1), pp. 57–87.

T:  Dixon R 1991. “Venture Capitalists and the Appraisal of Investments,” Omega (19:5), pp. 333–344.

T: Franke, N., Gruber, M., Harhoff, D., and Henkel, J. 2006. “What You Are Is What You Like - Similarity Biases in Venture Capitalists’ Evaluations of Start-up Teams,” Journal of Business Venturing (21:6), pp. 802–826.

T:  Hall, J., and Hofer, C. W. 1993. “Venture Capitalists’ Decision Criteria in New Venture Evaluation,” Journal of Business Venturing (8:1), pp. 25–42.

M: Webster, J. and Watson, R.T. 2002. Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review, MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. 13–23.

M: Smith, H. J., Dinev, T., and Xu, H. 2011. “Information Privacy Research: An Interdisciplinary Review,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), pp. 980–A27.

M: Okoli, C., and Schabram, K. 2010. “A Guide to Conducting a Systematic Literature Review of Information Systems Research,” Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems (10:26), pp. 1–5.

M: Wolfswinkel, J. F., Furtmueller, E., and Wilderom, C. P. M. 2011. “Using Grounded Theory as a Method for Rigorously Reviewing Literature,” European Journal of Information Systems, pp. 1–11.

Supervisor

Dr. Dennis Steininger


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: ab dem 2. Semester
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: BWL
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 4 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: S - Seminar
Leistungspunkte: 6 ECTS
Bereich: Master iBWL/EPP/DFM: Major/Minor S&I; GBM: GBE; ReWi: SP:UM; Inf. & Infw.: Wirtschaftsinf.
Prüfung: Referat / Hausarbeit
Turnus des Prüfungsangebots: jedes SS/WS
Semester: alle WS und SS