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Seminar: Advanced Management Information Systems


Lecturer: Dipl. Wirtsch.-Inf. Jan Huntgeburth
Date: Application: 07.-20.10.2013;
Building/Room: J 1409 (Kick-Off: FW 2102)
Autres dates: Announcement: 23.10.2013
Kick-Off: 30.10.2013, 10 a.m., room FW 2102
Presentation: in the period 14.01.-16.01.2014 at Augsburg or
in the period 17.01.-19.01.2014 during a skiing weekend at Sitten/Sion (Switzerland)
Submission: 17.03.2014, 12 noon
Contact: Dipl. Wirtsch.-Inf. Jan Huntgeburth


Abstract:

At the end of this module, students have extended their knowledge on management information systems and empiricial research in the information systems field. The seminar focusses on strategic questions with regards to management information systems such as innovation, adoption and continuance.

The goals of this seminar are:
  • Advanced insights on issues related to management information systems
  • 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


Previous knowledge:

Language: English

Basic knowledge about the topic is helpful.

The participation in a library introduction course is recommended.

Sufficient written and oral language skills in English are necessary for understanding the mostly English literature and for preparing and presenting the results.


Literature:

Individual readings are assigned during the seminar.

Application

Please note that you will already choose the period an place of your presentation during the application (through the application process). The choice can be made between the period 14.-16.01.2014 at Augsburg or 17.-19.01.2014 at Sitten/Sion (Switzerland).

The skiing seminar will take place in the buildings of the Kurt-Bösch foundation. Registration is EUR 10 per person plus EUR 7,50 per night and transfer, food and skiing ticket. The registration fee is to be paid before the seminar kick-off.

Please apply during the given application period here.

 

 

Seminar Topics

Title

1) Analyzing CIO Research in Information Systems – A Systematic Literature Review

Goal

As the influence of Information Technology (IT) has become increasingly important, its role was also strengthened through the introduction of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) as the C-Level representative of IT. This seminar paper investigates on research that has already been conducted in the Information Systems discipline regarding the CIO position and tries to identify major areas of research but also missing gaps in the literature. A special focus will be on the CIO contributions to firm performance.

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

 T: Banker, R. D., Hu, N., Pavlou, P. A., and Luftman, J. 2011. “CIO Reporting Structure, Strategic Positioning, and Firm Performance,” MIS Quarterly (35:2), June, pp. 487-504.
T: Chatterjee, D., Richardson, V. J., and Zmud, R. W. 2001. “Examining the Shareholder Wealth Effects of Announcements of Newly Created CIO Positions,” MIS Quarterly (25:1), March, pp. 43-70.
M: Webster, J.; Watson, R. T. (2002): Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly (26:2), p. xiii-xxiii.
M: Bélanger, F., and Crossler, R. E. 2011. “Privacy in the Digital Age: A Review of Information Privacy Research in Information Systems,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), December, p. 1017-A36.
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.

Title

2) IT Consumerization Research

Goal

The arrival of consumer-originated devices and applications in today’s enterprises - - a phenomenon referred to as IT consumerization - is empowering an employee-driven IT revolution. Despite its practical relevance – there is only limited scientific research on the phenomenon. The goal of this seminar thesis it to review this limited set of studies on IT comsumerization with respect to its limitations and propose how future research could better help to explain whether, how and why individuals and enterprises respond to IT consumerization.

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

 T: Harris, J., Ives, B., Junglas, I. (2012): IT Consumerization: When Gadgets Turn Into Enterprise IT tools. MIS Quarterly Executive (11:3), pp. 99-112.
M: Webster, J.; Watson, R. T. (2002): Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly (26:2), p. xiii-xxiii.


Title

3) IT has taken over my life – What can I do about it?

Goal

Technostress will be one of the most significant IS research topics over the next twenty years. Technology has taken over the life of many people in society. The initial euphoria to be accessible anywhere, anytime on all digital channels, has strongly promoted the proliferation of mobile devices (such as BlackBerry or iPhone). Applications like e-mail (Microsoft Exchange), text messaging, instant messaging (eg WhatsApp) or social networks (eg Facebook, LinkedIn) provide a medium that allows users to instantly send unfiltered information to a large number of people. Apart from the direct productivity gains, modern IT application can also have negative effects on the well-being of people. The goal of this seminar paper is to review IS technostress literature and identify gaps in the state of the art of IS technostress research.

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

 T: Ayyagari, R.; Grover, V.; Purvis, R. (2011) Technostress: Technological Antecedents, and Implications. MIS Quarterly 35(4), 831-858.
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.


Title

4) Online Service Quality – A Structured Literature Review

Goal

The market for online retailing and online services is highly competitive. Often, different service levels are used to separate one offering from another. An understanding of online service quality is therefore important for both theory and practice. Many studies in the areas of Information Systems and Marketing have studied online service quality. However, no consensus was found on how online service quality can be defined, what drives online service quality and which consequences it really has on customer perception and willingness to pay. A consolidation and structured analysis of previous studies on this topic can help resolving such ambiguities.

The aim of this seminar thesis is twofold. First, definition and measurement approaches of online service quality should be discussed. Second, the seminar thesis should provide a structured overview on the drivers and consequences of online service quality that have been discussed in previous studies.

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

T: Pan, X., Ratchford, B., and Shankar, V. 2002. “Can price dispersion in online markets be explained by differences in e-tailer service quality?,” Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (30:4), pp. 433–445.
T: Venkatesan, R., Mehta, K., and Bapna, R. 2006. “Understanding the confluence of retailer characteristics, market characteristics and online pricing strategies,” Decision Support Systems (42:3), pp. 1759–1775.
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.



Title

5) Success of Social Networking Sites – A Structured Review of Existing Literature

Goal

Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook or LinkedIn have seen tremendous growth in recent years from a user perspective. They have thereby enabled new business models which are highly depending on this large user base.

The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured interdisciplinary literature review on existing research on the associated drivers of success and failure of such social networking sites.

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

T: Boyd, D. M., and Ellison, N. B. 2007. “Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship,” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (13:1), pp. 210–230.
T: Lin, K.-Y., and Lu, H.-P. 2011. “Why People Use Social Networking Sites: An Empirical Study Integrating Network Externalities and Motivation Theory,” Computers in Human Behavior (27:3), pp. 1152–1161.
T: Steininger, D. M., Wunderlich, P., and Pohl, F. 2013. “Exploring Competitive Advantage of Social Networking Sites: A Business Model Perspective,” in ECIS 2013 Proceedings, pp. 1–12.
M: Bélanger, F., and Crossler, R. E. 2011. “Privacy in the Digital Age: A Review of Information Privacy Research in Information Systems,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), pp. 1017–A36.
M: DeLone, W. H., and McLean, E. R. 1992. “Information Systems Success: The Quest for the Dependent Variable,” Information Systems Research (3:1), pp. 60–95.
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: Smith, H. J., Dinev, T., and Xu, H. 2011. “Information Privacy Research: An Interdisciplinary Review,” MIS Quarterly (35:4), pp. 980–A27.
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: 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.


Title

6) The impact of price transparency on consumer behavior – A structured literature review

Goal

Electronic markets decrease the search costs for consumers dramatically. Prices can be easily compared by using price comparison websites, defined as “automated tools that allow customers to search for prices … from online retailers at a click of a button” (Smith 2002). The resulting price transparency changes the way that consumers interact with retailers and urges these retailers to reiterate their pricing strategies.

The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured literature review on the impact of price transparency on consumer behavior. The work should structure the used methods, data sources and results of previous studies in a comprehensive way in order to provide researchers with an understanding of the current scientific knowledge on this topic and potential avenues for future research.

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

T: Granados, N. F., Gupta, A., and Kauffman, R. J. 2008. “Designing online selling mechanisms: Transparency levels and prices,” Decision Support Systems (45:4), pp. 729–745.
T: Oh, W., and Lucas, H. C. J. 2006. “Information technology and pricing decisions: price adjustments in online computer markets,” MIS Quarterly (30:3), pp. 755–775.
T: Smith, M. D. 2002. “The impact of shopbots on electronic markets,” Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (30:4), pp. 446-454.
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. xiii – xxiii.


Title

7) The Role of User Satisfaction in IS Research

Goal

User satisfaction represents an important cornerstone for customer-oriented IT services since it drives strategically important outcomes such as word-of-mouth, willingness to pay or continuance intention. The goal of this seminar thesis is to review top information systems outlets which examine the role of customer satisfaction empirically.

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

T: Kim, S.; Son, J-Y. (2009) Out of dedication or constraint? A dual model of post-adoption phenomena and its empirical test in the context of online services. MIS Quarterly 33(1), 49–70.
M: Webster, J.; Watson, R. T. (2002): Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review. MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. xiii-xxiii.


Title

8) The use of Google Trends data in academic research: An interdisciplinary literature review

Goal

User behavior on the internet can be easily recorded. This information offers new insights for marketers, managers and researchers. Some of these data sources are provided by big corporations as a side product of their core business. One interesting data source is Google Trends, which provides insights into the popularity of certain search terms over time, between countries and so on. Although Google Trends offers a variety of opportunities for researchers, deriving reliable academic results from such secondary data sources can be a challenging endeavor.

The aim of this master seminar thesis is to conduct a structured interdisciplinary literature review on the data collection and evaluation methods and the applications of Google Trends data in premier academic research. The work should structure the results of previous studies in a comprehensive way in order to provide researchers with an understanding of the current scientific knowledge on this topic and potential avenues for future research.

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

T: Ghose, A. 2009. “Internet Exchanges for Used Goods: An Empirical Analysis of Trade Patterns and Adverse Selection,” MIS Quarterly (33:2), pp. 263–291.
T: Vosen, S., and Schmidt, T. 2011. “Forecasting Private Consumption: Survey-Based Indicators vs. Google Trends,” Journal of Forecasting (30:6), pp. 565–578.
M: Webster, J.; Watson, R. T. (2002): Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review. MIS Quarterly (26:2), pp. xiii-xxiii.

 


More information:

Recommended semester: any semester
Field of study: Master
Duration: 4 SWS
Type: S - Seminar
Credit points: 6 ECTS
Area: Profilierung: Wirtschaftsinformatik für iBWL
Examination: Presentation / term paper
Duration of exam: 30 minutes
Semester: every winter term