Introduction to Scientific Research in Information Systems
This course provides an introduction and overview of scientific research in Information Systems, a field that is concerned with the development, use, and impacts of digital information and communication technology by individuals, collectives, and organizations.
This course introduces elementary scientific principles of research, explores key decisions in identifying research questions, designing a study, developing and using theory, research methods, and discusses challenges in paper writing, publishing, and scientific ethics.
The course will be taught in an interactive style where we jointly discuss learnings, critique articles, attempt to apply what we have learned to improve and extend our own research and publications, and work together to reach a deeper understanding of how to produce significant Information Systems research. The course will feature readings, lectures as well as student presentations and discussions in the classroom.
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Bachelor Seminar Digital Innovation
Firms find themselves at the crossroads between digital innovation and transformation. New and emergent digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, IoT, blockchain, or microprocessors, offer new opportunities for the creation of new infrastructures, products, processes, business models and organizational forms, and reshape traditional ways of organizing and working. At the same time, digital technologies are also increasingly more affordable and accessible to everyone, embedding themselves into society and altering the ecosystems in which firms operate. This fusion of digital technology within firms’ environments produces ongoing changes in customer expectations, the competitive landscapes, and regulation. It is no longer only startups who innovate digitally and are leveraging the new opportunities provided by digital technologies, new ways of working, and the associated market changes. Large and small incumbents across a great diversity of different industries and geographies are embracing digital innovation activities, and as they scale them, they transform their entire organization. Within and across organizations, digital technologies give rise to new ways of collaboration, leveraging resources, development, and deployment over open standards and shared technologies. Firms are moving from stand-alone organizations to open, collaborative eco-systems in which multi-firms’ networks collaboratively innovate with partners, suppliers, customers, and even competitors.
This situation asks the question of how digital innovation activities as drives of organizational change can effectively be managed by companies and leaders. This question is what this seminar will explore. We will examine a variety of topics related to digital innovation and transformation – such as (digital) technology management, digital product and process innovation or organizing for digital innovation – and explore the current state of research as well as examples on how these aspects are managed in contemporary firms. Students can select a topic of their choice from a list of available questions and explore a related question of their own choosing.
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