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Seminar: Information Systems Research


Dozent(in): Prof. Dr. Daniel Veit; Dr. Manuel Trenz; Anna Budrevich, M.Sc.; Alexander Frey, M.Sc.; Sabrina Karwatzki, M.Sc; Vanessa Schäffner, M.Sc.; Dipl.-Kfm. Dennis Steininger
Termin: Anmeldung: 10.10. - 23.10.16
Gebäude/Raum: Kick-off: FW 2101; Zwischenpräsentation: FW 2101
Weitere Termine: Benachrichtigung: 25.10.16
Kick-Off: 27.10.16, 09:00 - 11:00 Uhr
Zwischenpräsentation: 18.01.17, 08:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Abgabe: 15.03.17, 11:59 Uhr
Ansprechpartner: Dipl.-Kfm. Dennis Steininger


Zusammenfassung:

Upon the successful completion of this module, students have a basic understanding of empirical research in information systems. Topics will be chosen and assigned to students to familiarize them with the information systems research discipline. These topics include IT innovation, IT adoption and continuance, digital strategy, business models, pricing, cloud computing, information privacy, electronic healthcare and others. Students learn how to conduct, write and present a systematic and academic literature review on their individually assigned topic. By doing so, students gain a fundamental understanding of the principles of empirical academic work and obtain the ability to systematically and independently address a research topic. Accordingly, the knowledge and methodological skills acquired in this seminar are a necessary foundation to write a master thesis at the chair. Besides fostering analytical thinking, this seminar will also facilitate the improvement of English skills, as the entire seminar is held in English. Thus, after the successful completion of this module, students will have improved their writing, presentation and discussion skills in English.


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

 


Vorkenntnis 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.


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Die Literatur wird im Rahmen des Seminars zugeteilt.

Bewerbung

Die Bewerbung erfolgt im oben angegebenen Zeitraum via Digicampus.

 

Seminarthemen

Weitere mögliche Seminarthemen werden zeitnah hier bekannt gegeben.

Title

1) 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

Dipl.-Kfm. Dennis Steininger

Title

2) 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

Dipl.-Kfm. Dennis Steininger

Title

3) Entrepreneurial Bricolage and Improvisation in Digital Ventures

Goal

New ventures often do not possess enough resources or experience rendering it difficult to counter arising problems during growth or achieving certain goals. The theory of entrepreneurial bricolage tries to explain how entrepreneurs virtuously improvise based on their available resources to reach these goals. This seminar thesis tries to summarize existing research on bricolage with a focus on IT-driven ventures and develop an agenda for research on bricolage in the information systems discipline.

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

T: Baker, T. 2007. “Resources in Play: Bricolage in the Toy Store(y),” Journal of Business Venturing (22:5), pp. 694–711.

T: Baker, T., and Nelson, R. E. 2005. “Creating Something from Nothing: Resource Construction Through Entrepreneurial Bricolage,” Administrative Science Quarterly (50:3), pp. 329–366.

T: Ciborra, C. U. 1996. “The Platform Organization: Recombining Strategies, Structures, and Surprises,” Organization Science (7:2), pp. 103–118.

T: Garud, R., and Karnøe, P. 2003. “Bricolage Versus Breakthrough: Distributed and Embedded Agency in Technology Entrepreneurship,” Research Policy (32:2), pp. 277–300.

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

Dipl.-Kfm. Dennis Steininger

Title

4) 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), pp. 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

Dipl.-Kfm. Dennis Steininger

Title

5) Switching of Services – Why users replace online service providers

Goal

Today online services are ubiquitous and many people are using these services. For instance Netflix, Amazon Video, or Watchever provide on demand access to movies and TV series. If individuals subscribe one of these online services, why do they switch from one service provider to another?

Aim of this thesis is to provide a structured review of studies in the information systems area that have already examined switching of online and offline services. The investigated aspects why people switch a certain online service should be categorized and analyzed.

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

T:Xu, Y. (Calvin), Yang, Y., Cheng, Z., & Lim, J. 2014. "Retaining and attracting users in social networking services: An empirical investigation of cyber migration," The Journal of Strategic Information Systems (23:3), pp. 239–253.

T:Chang, I.-C., Liu, C.-C., & Chen, K. 2014. "The push, pull and mooring effects in virtual migration for social networking sites," Information Systems Journal (24:4), pp. 323–346.

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

6) Discontinuance of Services – Why users quit the usage of online services

Goal

Facebook is one of the most popular apps in AppStores. Each day 50% of all active users log in to Facebook and spend more than 50 minutes a day on the social network. Despite the success story of Facebook, more and more people quit Facebook and deactivate their accounts due to different reasons.

Aim of this thesis is to provide a structured review of studies in the information systems area that have already examined discontinuance of online and offline services. The investigated aspects why people quit the usage of a certain online service should be categorized and analyzed.

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

T: Furneaux, B., & Wade, M. 2011. "An Exploration of Organizational Level Information Systems Discontinuance Intentions," MIS Quarterly (35:3), pp. 573–598.

T:  Maier, C., Laumer, S., Weinert, C., & 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.

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

7) How can collaborative consumption contribute to a sustainable economy? Analyzing opportunities and challenges

Goal

In recent years, we have experienced the development und proliferation of business models which are based on the key ideas of sharing, exchanging and lending products as well as services. Among others, “collaborative consumption” is one of the terms that are used to describe various types ranging from car sharing to temporary renting of living space. Although this trend is generally thought to hold the potential to provide a new pathway to sustainability and welfare, present discourses show that its impact on environment, economy and society requires further research in this field.

The aim of this seminar paper is to conduct a structured literature review identifying characteristic attributes of collaborative consumption as well as deriving its specific opportunities for contributing to a sustainable economy. The work should also identify specific challenges associated with collaborative consumption from relevant literature streams. The paper should result in a comprehensive classification and analysis of the identified characteristics with regard to their impact on businesses on the one hand and on ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainability on the other hand.

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

T: Avital, M., Andersson, M., Nickerson, J., Sundararajan, A., Van Alstyne, M., and Verhoeven, D. 2014. “The Collaborative Economy: A Disruptive Innovation or Much Ado about Nothing?,” in Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Auckland, New Zealand.

T:  Heinrichs, H. 2013. „Sharing Economy: A Potential New Pathway to Sustainability“, GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society (22:4), pp. 228-231.

T:  Malhotra, A., and Van Alstyne, M. 2014. “The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy … and How to Lighten It,” Communications of the ACM (57:11), pp. 24–27.

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

Vanessa Schäffner, M.Sc.

Title

8) Two-sided markets: A suitable model for Sharing Economy Organizations?

Goal

The Sharing Economy is a contemporary phenomenon that currently attracts high public interest. The main concept behind it is the capturing and redistribution of idling capacities, often enabled by digital platforms. These platforms are part of a relatively new development called “two-sided markets”, which is thought to have the potential to disrupt classical market structures by matching different groups of customers.

The aim of this seminar paper is to conduct a structured literature review regarding existing research on two-sided markets, their structure and characteristics. It should identify in which contexts two-sided markets have been introduced so far and what impact they have on traditional markets. By drawing upon selected exemplary sharing organizations, the paper should conclude by explaining why a two-sided market model is especially suited in those cases.

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

T: Rochet, J. C., and Tirole, J. 2006. “Two‐sided markets: a progress report,” The RAND journal of economics (37:3), pp. 645-667.

T:  Bakos, Y., and Katsamakas, E. 2008. “Design and Ownership of Two-Sided Networks: Implications for Internet Platforms,” Journal of Management Information Systems (25:2), pp. 171–202.

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

Vanessa Schäffner, M.Sc.


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: für alle Semester
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Master
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 4 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: S - Seminar
Leistungspunkte: 6 ECTS
Bereich: iBWL: S&I; DFM: S&I; ReWi: Unternehmen & Mngt.; Inf. & Infw.: Wirtschaftsinformatik
Prüfung: Referat / Hausarbeit
Turnus des Prüfungsangebots: jedes SS/WS
Semester: alle WS und SS